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Under construction flyover collapses in Kolkata

flyover, Kolkata

A flyover under construction has collapsed in the Indian city Kolkata, causing fatalities and leaving many more trapped by debris.

A portion of a composite steel Vivekananda flyover fell on to a busy road in the densely populated area of Girish Park in the north of the city. At least 10 people are thought to have been killed with many more trapped, according to media reports.

Emergency teams from the Indian Army and the government’s National Disaster Response Force have been dispatched to the site.

The flyover is understood to be 2km long and its construction has been beset by delays. 

Client Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority says on its website that the contract was awarded in 2008 – to contractor IVRCL – and the project was set for completion in March 2010. Work included construction of reinforced concrete columns, steel girder and reinforced concrete beams and deck slabs. 

 

 

Readers' comments (1)

  • the construction period is invariably the most critical time. The design is no doubt suitable for the finished condition but were the forces generated during construction and their accommodation sufficiently considered?

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