Under Construction Flyover Crashes in Bhubaneswar, Kills One


Bhubaneswar: A major portion of an under-construction flyover bridge collapsed near Bomikhal here on Sunday, killing one person.

The deceased has been identified as Satyabrata Patnaik (40), a businessman from Bhubaneswar. Patnaik’s daughter Sheetal has also been severely injured in the mishap. The incident occurred when they were crossing the road. Sheetal has been shifted to AIIMS, Bhubaneswar and her condition is said to be critical, sources said.

Seventeen other persons who were injured in the mishap were admitted to Capital Hospital.

As many as 10 fire tenders, three units of ODRAF launched a massive search and rescue operations at the spot. Two NDRF teams, comprising of 84 personnel and two dog squads were also engaged to trace if any more person is trapped under the debris. Cutters, cranes from Cuttack were engaged to expedite the operations .

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh from Chief Minister’s Relief Fund for kin of the deceased and free treatment for all the injured.

The state government, has suspended additional executive engineer, works, Banshidhar Praharaj and assistant engineer Kishore Rout shortly after the incident took place.

Patnaik has ordered a high-level probe into the mishap.

Later in the day, Patnaik visited the victims undergoing treatment at Capital Hospital and enquired about their health.