Varanasi flyover collapse: 18 killed, CM Yogi Adityanath orders probe

An under-construction flyover collapsed in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh yesterday where 18 people were killed and several were injured.

Expressing grief over the incident, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said, “A committee has been formed under APC and including officials of Irrigation and Jal Nigam. They have been asked to submit a report within next 48 hours, providing details of the entire incident and recommendation for action against those found guilty.” The team also consists of Bhupendra Sharma, Chief Engineer and Head of Irrigation Department and Rajesh Mittal, Managing Director, Jal Nigam.

Further,the CM also announced a compensation of Rs five lakh for families of the deaths and Rs two lakh for families of those injured in the incident respectively.

Meanwhile, 7 teams of National Disaster Response Force ( NDRF) were sent on the spot to continue rescue and relief operations. A 3-members high level committee has been set up by CM Yogi Adityanath to investigate the situation.

Sources said that the incident took place around 5 pm when two pillars collapsed, bringing a huge slab of concrete down. The under-construction flyover, which is around 1.5 kilometer long, starts from Chowka Ghat to Naharpura, via cantonment area, Circle Officer (Cantonment).Police suspect the occupants of the vehicles, passerby and labourers, who were working on the flyover, are buried beneath the slab.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also expressed his sadness for the incident and instructed officials to ensure all possible support to the effected.

“I spoke to UP CM Yogi Adityanath regarding the situation due to the collapse of an under-construction flyover in Varanasi, UP Government is monitoring the situation very closely and is working on the ground to assist the affected,” Modi tweeted.

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