Two killed in Vizag as flyover beam collapses
In an unfortunate incident, two people were killed when a huge beam of an under-construction flyover crashed on vehicles underneath the Anakapalle bypass road. Two occupants of a car were crushed to death in the mishap, while the driver and cleaner of a truck had a miraculous escape.
Utter chaos prevailed when the beam crashed all of a sudden with a loud noise and people ran helter-skelter for safety. Though initially it was suspected that the toll could be more, official sources confirmed that only two persons were killed in the incident.“We are yet to ascertain the reason for the mishap though we suspect that it could be due to faulty installation of the beam,” stated government officials.
A family of four from Sriharipuram in the city were travelling in the ill-fated car on which the beam fell. The two persons sitting in the front seats of the car were crushed to death, while their wives, who sat in the rear escaped with injuries. The deceased were identified as Satish Kumar and Sushant Mohanty.
NDRF teams rushed to the spot to assist the police in undertaking relief operations soon after the mishap. The bodies of the deceased are still trapped inside the car, which was lying under the beam when reports last came in.
The police have barricaded the accident zone and diverted vehicular traffic on the national highway. A case has been registered against the contractor from Madhya Pradesh which has taken up the project. Dilip Buildcon is the name of the infrastructure company that is building the flyover.
According to sources accessed by The Better Andhra, the company belongs to Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh and BJP politician, Shivraj Singh Chauhan’s brother. It is heard that the BJP is trying to go hush hush about it and work it out with the YSRCP in the state to ensure that these names are hidden from public discourse.
It remains to be seen as to what action the Jagan government will take on the company for the mishap.
TEJASWINI PAGADALA is an independent communications consultant. She has previously worked with the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister’s Office as the Communications Officer where she has written English speeches for the CM, managed English media communication from the CMO and handled social media accounts of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and the Government.