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Probe begins into Varanasi flyover collapse

IANS  |  Varanasi 

A probe into the collapse of an under-construction flyover here in that killed 15 people began on Wednesday, officials said.

A high-level investigation team constituted by to study the late Tuesday disaster in which half-a-dozen persons were also injured arrived here on Wednesday.

The three-member team of visited the site and collected details of the project from district officials and the team working on the flyover near the Cantt railway station.

The team is to submit a report within 48 hours. It also oversaw relief operations.

An told IANS that most vehicles trapped beneath tonnes of concrete and iron have been removed.

Deputy and another rushed to the site. Adityanath also flew to past midnight.

Four officials have been suspended by Maurya, who is also the

Meanwhile, after close monitoring by the (PMO), a FIR has been lodged under sections 304, 308 and 427 of the Indian penal Code (IPC) against the UP and the executing agency constructing the flyover.

Modi represents in the Lok Sabha.

Work on the flyover, which would connect Chaukaghat and Lahartara, began on October 1, 2015 when was the

The construction has been marred by controversies, an said.

In 2017, soon after the took power in Uttar Pradesh, work on the project was expedited and the was given a deadline of March 2019 to complete the work.

The officials had, however, thrown up their hands in despair with the new deadline owing to heavy traffic movement on the segment and sought October 2019 as the new deadline for completion of the 1,710-metre-long flyover.

The cost of the project is Rs 77.41 crore and 63 pillars are to be built. However, till now, only 45 pillars have been put up.

supremo Mayawati on Wednesday demanded stern action against the guilty.



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First Published: Wed, May 16 2018. 15:08 IST