A half-dozen vehicles, including a bus, fell with the broken section of concrete, about 30 metres long, in Kolkata's Majerhat neighborhood on Tuesday (local time).
Currently, state disaster teams are at the spot and are trying to rescue those trapped with aid from locals.
The injured people have been rushed to CMRI Hospital and SSKM College and Hospital. "Rest of the investigation will be done later". He said, "We have called in the cranes, let them pull up the debris, however, as per information, no one else is trapped under the debris".
The accident took place on a day the city received 72.1 mm of rainfall since morning.
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The fire brigade and disaster management group personnel were pressed in the rescue operations. My thoughts are with the families of the victims.
"Be it a bridge, a dam, hospital or a Government office, Didimoni has only paid lip service to performance by painting them blue and white!" he said referring to the dire need of upgrade of the city's infrastructure.
TMC leader Derek O'Brien tweeted, "Watching scenes of Majerhat bridge #Kolkata collapse".
West Bengal governor Keshari Nath Tripathi, who had surveyed the accident spot, said that the Majerhat bridge "deserved better maintenance". She added the state government will bear the cost of their treatment.
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According to CNN-News18, one person has died and 21 are injured.
Unable to get a flight back from Siliguri on Tuesday, the chief minister is now expected to reach Kolkata on Wednesday. "A team of railway engineers headed by Chief Bridge Engineer, experts from RITES are visiting the site to ensure safety of rail service at the affected area of Majerhat Bridge", Mahapatra said. The area has several under-construction buildings nearby. Traffic from various parts of South 24 Parganas and Behala were also diverted from the Diamond Park area, an officer said. As the bridge collapsed during peak traffic hours, the Budge Budge-Sealdah railway line has been stopped.
This is the second such incident in the city in recent years.
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