2 more days to dismantle collapsed stretch

The work of dismantling the collapsed portion of Majerhat bridge will take two more days, a Public Works Department (PWD) official said on Sunday.

By Our Special Correspondent
  • Published 10.09.18
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Dismantling work at the site. Picture by Sanjoy Chattopadhyaya

Majerhat: The work of dismantling the collapsed portion of Majerhat bridge will take two more days, a Public Works Department (PWD) official said on Sunday.

Four payloaders have been engaged to dismantle the railings, bitumen layers and the concrete deck slab that fell into a canal when a 35m stretch of the bridge collapsed last Tuesday afternoon.

"We expect to finish the dismantling by Tuesday. Work is on 24X7," a PWD engineer said. "The PWD has outsourced the work to an agency. But our men are present on the spot to supervise the work."

Forensic experts were present at the site on Sunday. "We have already collected samples from the spot. We were there today to keep a watch on leads that might emerge during the dismantling and help in the investigations," an expert said.

It is still to be decided if the collapsed portion would be rebuilt or the entire bridge would be dismantled and reconstructed, a PWD official said. "Once the work of dismantling the collapsed portion is over, experts will examine the entire bridge. The final call will be taken based on their report."

The work of dismantling the concrete deck slab is almost over. The road under the bridge is repaired and cops have been directing vehicles from the Kidderpore-end to take Garden Reach flyover and use Circular Garden Reach Road to reach Behala via Hyde Road and Taratala Road. "Many people don't know of the road under the flyover. Anyone can reach the Garden Reach flyover if he/she is near the northern ramp of Majerhat bridge," a traffic cop said.