Two people are feared dead and at least five are reportedly trapped under debris after a building overpass collapsed in the Bomdih area of Bhubaneswar on Sunday afternoon.
According to the media, the deceased has been identified as Satya Patnaik (40) from Jharpada. His daughter, Sheetal, who was also injured, has been transferred to AIIMS.
Previously, Kalinga TV had said that nearly 10 injured are also treated at the Capital Hospital of the city.
The television channel also said that rescue teams with cranes and firefighters were taken to the scene. He cites eyewitnesses, saying about 30 workers were working when the overpass flew around 12:45.
“Two senior engineers have been invited to visit the site and carry out a detailed investigation into the incident. Measures will be taken against the culprits,” Nalinikant Pradhan told Kalinga TV.
Sudden collapse is being blamed on poor construction as political leaders are pointing to Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to take responsibility for the situation.
“We have been complaining about the sub-standard work of the overpass.Even we had submitted memorandum to the main minister through his labor secretary Nalinikanta Pradhan.The chief minister who is the construction minister never took our complaint seriously. “said Sameer Mohanty, Vice President of BJP, Odisha, who was in charge of the project.” It is a great scam and needs to be investigated by the IWC, “said Sameer Mohanty, to The Deccan Chronicle.
Congress leader Suresh Kumar Routray also alleged deliberate negligence in order to “scale the cost of the project for political funding.”