A part of flyover built by state-run corporation in Varanasi collapsed on Tuesday (May 15), killing 18 people on the spot – acting upon which, Yogi-led Uttar Pradesh government immediately formed a special three-member probe panel which investigate into the cause of the collapse and report within two days deadline.

Due to erred construction of a flyover by authorities of state-run Corporation in Varanasi, a portion of the flyover collapsed on Tuesday during peak evening hours. Two pillars of the under-construction flyover in Varanasi’s Cantt area fell off, crushing cars, mini bus and two-wheeler riders who were passing from underneath the flyover – killing 18 people and critically injuring over 11 people. About 7 National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams of over 325 personnel were immediately deployed to rescue the people trapped in debris and conduct relief operations on the site of incident. Former UP CM Akhilesh Yadav also asked his party members to reach the accident site and help the people affected in the collapse.

Meanwhile, preliminary actions were taken against erring authorities responsible for the Varanasi flyover collapse on Tuesday. Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath immediately set up a three-member inquiry committee which will act as a probe panel and work on determining the cause of the collapse of an under-construction flyover. The team will be led by agricultural produce commissioner Rajpratap Singh who will be accompanied by chief engineer of the irrigation department Bhupindra Sharma and Jal Nigam MD Rajesh Mittal as other members. The panel has been ordered to investigate and report the cause of collapse within a deadline of 48 hours so that immediate actions can be taken.

The flyover located in the Cantt region of Varanasi is a 2,261 metres long bridge which is being constructed at a cost of Rs 129 crore. Currently, 56% work of the bridge was completed – but the part that collapsed on Tuesday was constructed from February this year. While the team is working on finding the cause, Uttar Pradesh government has announced ex gratia of Rs 5 lakh each for the families of the deceased and Rs 2 lakh for the injured in the flyover collapse mishap.

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