CWFI Demands Probe into the Tragic Death of Construction Workers in Aizawl
THE Construction Workers’ Federation of India (CWFI), in a statement issued on August 23, has deeply condoled the tragic death of 23 construction workers when an under-construction railway bridge collapsed at Sairang, near Aizawl, capital of Mizoram on August 23, 2023.
The railway bridge that collapsed at around 10.00 am was a part of the Bhairabi Sairang New Line Mizoram Railway Project, according to the Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR). It was being constructed over the Kurung River and is positioned between the Bairabi and Sairang railway stations. The bridge’s pier stands at an impressive height of 104 meters. Around 40 workers, mostly migrant workers from Bengal were there at the time of this deadly incident.
At least 23 construction workers from Maldah district in West Bengal died on the spot following this dreadful incident. Soon after the news came, the CWFI leadership of Maldah district went to the villages of the deceased, met their family members, and extended heartfelt condolences. The CWFI is keeping in touch with Mizoram administrations and railways officials for speedy process of repatriation of bodies and early payment of compensations to the bereaved families. CWFI leadership of Mizoram rushed to the site and met with officials and rendered their help in the rescue operations.
While mourning and condoling the tragic loss of lives, CWFI also demands a thorough high-level judicial probe into the whole matter to fix accountability, and take appropriate action.
CWFI demands the governments at centre and state adequate compensation and jobs to the families of the deceased.
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