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Varanasi flyover collapse: Prime Minister, VP condole deaths

18 May 2018

"The quality of the materials used in the construction of the bridges and flyovers will be also checked and there will be no construction till the teams complete the review works and submit reports within three days", Mittal said. The area where the incident happened, is one of the most crowded places in the city.

Local residents said cyclists and pedestrians also use the stretch of the road about 100 metres from the Varanasi Cantonment railway station. CM Yogi and deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya are in Varanasi to take stock of the situation and have set up a high-powered 3-member panel to look into the incident.

Modi said the Uttar Pradesh government was monitoring the situation. A major rescue operation involving the National Disaster Response Force was initiated after the incident.

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Mourning the loss of lives, Adityanath said: "My condolence to the affected families".

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh each to the families of those killed and Rs 2 lakh for families of those injured in the Varanasi flyover collapse on Tuesday. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has announced financial assistance of five lakh rupees each to next of the kin of those killed and two lakh rupees to the injured. She was on her way to Varanasi's Cantonment railway station along with her husband to drop their aspiring engineer-son there en route to Kota on Tuesday when a concrete slab from an under construction flyover fell on their vehicle.

DGP OP Singh was quoted by media reports as saying: "We are in the process of evacuating the 50 people trapped under the debris".

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Police said that several occupants of the vehicles parked near the flyover, passer-by and labourers working on the flyover must be left under the collapsed flyover.

Another FIR was registered against corporation officials in February when police examined the construction site and found that the builders were not following safety measures such as putting up proper barricades and laying out a service lane, Senior Superintendent of Police R K Bhardwaj said. The only fear is that with weak foundations and the dereliction of official duties, the cooperation and experience of Kyoto will only result in a smart Varanasi city with weak "pillars" which can collapse. I pray that the injured recover soon.

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Varanasi flyover collapse: Prime Minister, VP condole deaths