IIT experts examining Kolkata flyover blueprint

Kolkata, April 8 (IANS) Former professors from IIT, Kharagpur, who are part of the committee set up to probe the Vivekananda flyover collapse that killed 26 people, have sought blueprints of the structure for assessing any design or construction flaw.

“We have received some parts of the blueprint. We have started working on them and our immediate focus is on the part that has collapsed,” Anandapran Gupta, civil engineering expert and former IIT-Kgp faculty, told IANS.

Apart from Gupta, the panel headed by West Bengal Chief Secretary Basudeb Banerjee includes structural engineering expert Swapan Majumdar, also a former IIT-Kharagpur faculty.

The committee had its first meeting at the state secretariat in Nabanna on Wednesday and details regarding the blueprint and location plan were sought from Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority.

A large chunk of the under-construction flyover collapsed on March 31 in the busy Posta area, trapping scores of people underneath.

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