An aerial view of the collapsed Majerhat bridge with piers of under-construction Metro project standing nearby.
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Kolkata: Railway authorities have denied a probable link between the collapse of the Majerhat road over-bridge (ROB) in south Kolkata today with that of the on-going work on Joka-BBD Bag Metro project in the vicinity.

The Rail Vikas Nigam Ltd (RVNL), which is a wing of the Indian Railways, is carrying out the Metro project construction for several years now.

In a statement late this evening, AK Roy, RVNL’s chief project manager here, has said that foundation work for the Majerhat Metro station was completed over a year ago and presently preparatory work for deck casting is on but away from the ROB.

Roy has claimed in the statement that the bridge collapse is the result of a “mid-span failure of the RCC girders which are very old and of longer length at approx. 40-meters.”

“The approach piers of the ROB at both ends of the affected span are intact in position. At 4.5-metre away from this ROB’s piers, Metro foundation work has been completed long back…There is no relationship of Metro construction with this mid-span failure of RCC girder of the ROB. (The) intact condition of piers at both ends is (a) clear indication of this,” Roy concludes in the statement.

The statement comes amid suggestion from a section of the state government and the local people that the work on the Metro project may have weakened the Majerhat bridge and contributed to its collapse today.