Under Construction flyover of NHAI collapsed at Phansidewa near Siliguri, No casualties reported

Report by: 
PRASHANT ACHARYA
PHANSIDEWA (SILIGURI)
11 Aug 2018

The under construction flyover connecting Porbander in Assam and Silchar in Assam collapsed Saturday early morning at Kantibhitta under Phansidewa block at the outskirts of Siliguri.
The flyover, part of East West Corridor under National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) was under construction by renowned company Larsen & Turbo (L&T).
o The flyover is 25 meter long and it is part of the 3,300-kilometers corridor that passes through Islampur, Jalpaiguri, Siliguri and Alipurduar in North Bengal.
Since the incident took place in the early morning no casualties took place.
Darjeeling District Magistrate Joyoshi Dasgupta has asked to stop the construction work until the report of the incident comes up.
Dasgupta who visited the site said, “This is technical matter and without investigation I can’t comment. Thankfully there was no loss of life. We will ask the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) to investigate and submit the report. We will ask them not to continue with the work until we get the reports. The investigation has to be done by engineers.”
Meanwhile Asit Ghosh, Construction Manager of Larsen & Turbo refused to comment on the incident. He said, “I request you not to ask any question as we are in a bad shape of mind now. We request you to join hands with us and not to ask further question.”
Suman Banerjee an engineer who was working for the L&T company said, “We are looking for the possible reason but can’t comment right now.”
Hemanta Roy, local resident said, “We came to know about it at 5 am and no one was injured. It collapsed before setting it with the pillars and if it would have collapsed after the construction many people would have lost their lives. It’s the mistake of the construction company and proper investigation should be done.”
Though there was rumour about people injured in the incident but Sanay Das, officer-in-charge of Phansidewa police station confirmed that there is no report of casualties.
State Tourism minister Gautam Deb has given instruction for investigation into the matter. He said, “The NHAI is in charge of it and it’s the part of East-West corridor. They should immediately look into why flyover collapsed. I will speak to the authorities.”