Five labourers were killed and another five sustained injuries when a portion of the cable-stayed bridge under-construction collapsed at Athwalines area of Surat city early on Tuesday. The Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) set up a probe into the incident. The victims were said to be from Jharkhand. The span, weighing 650 tonnes and 40 meters long, of the under-construction cable-stayed bridge collapsed from a height of around 12 meters..
Surat city Mayor Niranjan Janjmera said, “We have set up an inquiry into the incident. The team of Professor S N Desai (Sardar Vallabhbhai National Institute of Technology), P L Patel (Executive Engineer of Road and Building Department) and V D Patel (Retired city engineer of SMC) will carry out a probe into the incident and will submit a report. We will take action against those found guilty.”
Surat Police Commissioner Rakesh Asthaana said, “At present, we have lodged a case of accidental death into the incident. A police team will carry out investigations and if negligence is found, there will be strict action.”
The work of removing the debris was continued till late in the evening, as several people were feared trapped in the debris. SMC’s fire officials along with their counterpart of the Reliance plant in Hazira were trying to remove the debris. Surat Mayor declared compensation amount of Rs 2 lakh for the family members of the deceased, Rs 1 lakh for those who suffered permanent disabilities and Rs 50,000 for the injured. The construction work of the flyover was under process for last couple of years. The total cost of the project was Rs 30.91 crore.
A source in the civic body said that on May 25, the work of span was finished and later a quality check was run on the concrete slabs. The grouting and stressing work of the span was done on June 9.
On Tuesday morning, as many as 18 labourers were working on the slab of the bridge when the incident occurred. According to eyewitnesses, there were some labourers under the bridge too who were feared trapped in the debris.
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Around seven labourers were taken out from the debris and they were rushed to the New Civil Hospital in the city. Later, five more labourers, who were trapped inside it, were taken out and sent to the hospital. Five were declared dead, while five others, out of which two were in critical condition, were undergoing treatment in the hospital. The deceased were not yet identified, but the co-workers said that most of them are from Jharkhand. The injured have been identified as Lallu Mansingh (25), Bachuram Nanuram (55), Birju Soma Bhoiya (25), Virendra Shau (24) and Dinesh Lalamsingh (27).