Prime MInister Narendra Modi has approved an ex gratia of Rs 2 lakh each from Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund for the next of kin of those who have lost their lives due to the collapse of an under-construction flyover in Varanasi on 15 May.

PM Modi has also approved Rs 50,000 each for those seriously injured in the accident

Earlier, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh each to the families of those killed and Rs 2 lakh for families of those were injured.

UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, who visited Banaras Hindu University Trauma Center and Kabir Chaura Hospital to meet the victims, had also announced a three-member committee to probe into the accident and give its report within 48 hours.

At least 18 people were killed and several injured after a portion a portion of the under-construction flyover being built by a state-run corporation collapsed on a busy road in Varanasi on Tuesday. Most of the victims were commuters who were crossing underneath the flyover when it came crashing down.

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Chief Project Manager HC Tiwari and three other officials of the Uttar Pradesh State Bridge Corporation Ltd have been suspended. The 2,261-metre flyover is being built at a cost of Rs 129 crore, officials said. The potion which colpased had been laid barely three months ago, they added.

Authorities said no work was going on when the concrete slab crashed. The tragedy is similar to the flyover collapse in Kolkata two years back, when over 25 people were killed.

(with agency inputs)