Authorities in Kolkata, India, are expected to launch an urgent review of the city’s ageing infrastructure following the collapse of the Majerhat Bridge on Tuesday, which left one dead and 19 injured.
A 66ft deck section of the 40-year-old structure collapsed without warning, highlighting how bridges and flyovers have been neglected over recent years.
Local press reports suggest fears over the state of Majerhat Bridge were first raised in 2015, while a comprehensive condition report into Kolkata’s road and rail network in 2017 revealed overwhelming problems with a number of other bridges.
The failure of cast cross beams was blamed for the collapse of Kolkata’s Varanasi rail overbridge back in May where 15 people were killed. In 2016, an under-construction flyover collapsed killing 27, while the same year a Victorian-era bridge on the Mumbai-Goa highway failed resulting in 22 deaths.
Last year an Indian government survey of 147,000 bridges across the country found that 147 needed immediate attention while a further 6,000 were ‘structurally distressed’.
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