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Kolkata Flyover Collapse: Construction Company’s Office Sealed

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Kolkata: Police in Kolkata sealed the offices of IVRCL, a Hyderabad-based builders, which was constructing the flyover in the city that collapsed killing at least 21 people and injuring around 80.

A senior police officer in Kolkata told reporters that the local office of the company has been sealed and a case registered against charges of culpable homicide not amounting to murder, attempt to commit culpable homicide and criminal breach of trust.

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Earlier, the builders of the flyover pleaded the collapse was “act of God”.

“It is nothing but God’s act. This has not happened to us in 27 years,” said K Panduranga Rao, a senior official of the Hyderabad-based IVRCL group.

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Dr Rao said around 45 per cent of the flyover was unfinished.

“A girder must have been missed and another probably fell,” he said, responding to reporters at the site where a massive rescue effort was in progress. He admitted that construction had been “going on for a few years”.

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Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, however, told NDTV that “It is wrong for builders to be so casual in their statement… It is a big loss of human lives, strong action will be taken.”

The 2-km flyover has been under construction since 2009 and has missed several deadlines for completion.

A newspaper reported last November that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee wanted the much-delayed project to be completed by February.

Opposition parties allege that the flyover was being built without proper planning and rules had been overlooked to allow its construction at a teeming commercial area.

The IVRCL, with a net turnover of more than Rs. 5,000 crore, is headquartered in Hyderabad with offices in more than a dozen cities including Chennai, Bangalore, Pune, Kolkata, Ahmedabad and New Delhi.

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