A day after a portion of an under-construction flyover collapsed in Varanasi, managing director of Uttar Pradesh Bridge Corporation, Rajan Mittal, on Wednesday, held recent thunderstorms in the region responsible for the accident.
Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya and State Minister Nilkhand Tiwari have also rushed to the spot with a technical team. "Compensation of Rs five lakh for kin of those dead and Rs two lakh for seriously injured in the incident".
"Heart goes out to all families who have lost loved ones in the flyover collapse in Varanasi".
According to the project officer K.R. Sudan, UP State Bridge Corporation, the cause of the collapse is yet to be ascertained.
A rescue operation is continuing for those believed to still be trapped, but their number and condition is unknown. It was not clear how many people were in the vehicles.
The locals who were present at the scene tried to remove debris and rescue the trapped people before NDRF and other rescue services arrived. "At least four cars, an auto-rickshaw and a minibus were crushed under it", they said. He also met victims at the Kabir Chaura Hospital on late Tuesday night.
Chief minister Yogi Adityanath also inquired about the reasons and why safety norms were not implemented. The span which fell on Tuesday was laid barely three months ago, they added.
The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi has expressed sadness over the loss of lives due to the collapse of an under-construction flyover in Varanasi.
The flyover collapsed primarily because two beams holding up the concrete slabs buckled, say sources. I pray that the injured recover soon. "Seven teams of the NDRF, comprising 325 workers, have been deployed for the rescue mission", said a government spokesperson.
Mittal expressed sympathy with the family members of those killed and said all the employees of the corporation have chose to donate a day's salary to the chief minister's relief fund.