At least three people were killed including a mother and her child as a bus crushed a CNG-run auto-rickshaw at Chaumatha area on Dhaka-Rangpur Highway in Polashbari upazila in Gaibandha, reports UNB.The victims’ names could not be known immediately.Officer-in-charge of Gobindaganj highway police station, Abul Basar said a Dhaka bound bus of Zarin Paribahan hit a CNG-run auto-rickshaw around 4:30pm at Chaumatha area killing three people including a woman and her child on the spot.Police seized the bus but its driver managed to flee, he said.
Kolkata: The work to remove flower tubs from Vidyasagar Setu has been initiated on Friday following direction of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. The decision to remove the flower tubs was taken to reduce load on the bridge and the move has come following the incident of a portion of Majerhat Bridge collapsing on Tuesday.It may be mentioned that the Chief Minister had given the direction on Thursday to remove the flower tubs from Vidyasagar Setu to reduce load on it. The flower tubs had been placed as a part of a beautification project of the state government. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAccording to an official, each of the flower tubs contains a huge quantity of soil and they become heavier when the plants are watered, which is done twice every day. Now, in a bid to avoid unnecessary load on the bridge, the decision has been taken to remove the flower tubs.The work to remove the tubs continued till evening and according to the officials, steps were taken to remove all the tubs as early as possible. Cranes were engaged to load the flower tubs on trucks to take them away from the bridge. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIt may be mentioned that flower tubs had also been placed on Maa Flyover earlier. Later, the tubs were removed for the same reason.A senior state government official said: “The flower tubs on bridges and flyovers increase their beauty. But we have to give priority to the longevity of the bridge.”This comes at the time when the Chief Minister has directed to take necessary steps to avoid recurrence of the incident that took place at Majerhat on September 4, which claimed three lives and left 24 injured. Soon after the incident, the state government has taken necessary steps to check the health of all bridges in the state.