The search for survivors is continuing after a portion of a composite steel flyover fell on to a busy road in a densely populated area of Kolkata.
The accident happened yesterday in the Girish Park area in the north of the city. At least 24 people are thought to have been killed with many more injured, according to media reports.
The statement from contractors IVRCL said: “IVRCL grieves the loss of precious lives and injuries to people and will cooperate with the authorities investigating this accident.”
The statement said it was the first time in the company’s history there had been such an accident and so far the Vivekananda Flyover project had completed 59 sections with a total length of around 900m. The collapsed section is the 60th.
It said the project managers and engineers were highly experienced in large and complex projects.
The Indian Army (pictured top) said it had teams of medics and engineers on site.