Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Banki/Athgarh, Aug 28:
Eleven labourers including an engineer were injured, two of them seriously, after a portion of an under-construction bridge over river Mahanadi connecting Banki and Subarnapur, caved in at Jatamundia in Odisha’s Cuttack district on Wednesday night.
The two seriously injured labourers -Akshaya Pradhan and Chikun Sahu – who were rushed to Athgarh sub divisional hospital, were later shifted to SCB Medical College and Hospital at Cuttack, reports said.
The condition of both is critical, sources in the SCB Hospital said.
According to reports, the construction work of the bridge was underway when four slabs, connecting two spans of the bridge, suddenly collapsed.
The incident took place between 7.30 PM and 8 PM.
The 10 injured labourers have been identified as Damodar Behera, Abhinna Behera, Niranjan Lenka, Baikuntha Saha, Bharat Behera, Akshaya Pradhan, Chikun Sahu, Arun Behera, Prasanna Behera and Pravakar Singh.
The supervising egineer Anil Tripathy was also injured in the mishap, the reports said.
A fire brigade team from Athgarh was rushed to join the rescue work to trace out other labourers, who are feared to have fallen into the river after the bridge collapsed.
The team was facing difficulty in tracing out the missing labourers due to the strong current of the river, the reports added.
Earlier on June 17, 2013, one portion of the bridge had collapsed. However, no one was injured then.
It may be mentioned that the state government had awarded the construction work of the 2.070 km bridge to M/s Rajlaxmi Constructions Ltd at a cost of Rs 54.70 crore.
The company had started its work on January 10, 2008 and was supposed to complete the construction work in 36 months. However, as the company failed to stick to the deadline, the cost of the bridge construction was later revised to Rs 62.49 crore.
The deadline has been revised four times and the company was scheduled to complete the work by June this year, sources said.