Citizens' Issues
5 parameters to measure disabled-friendliness of companies
There are scores of good and not-so-good examples of companies in India when it comes to employing people with disabilities. Here are five broad parameters with specific measures for developing a Company Index for being disabled-friendly
 
Ninad Jain, 27 years old was elated to finally get a job with a business process outsourcing (BPO) unit making him both financially independent, as well as, a proud son who could take care of his ageing parents like other youngsters. When Nitin was barely 12 years, doctors discovered tuberculosis (TB) in his spine, which had to be surgically treated. TB was cured but it resulted in a spinal cord injury, a permanent disability making it difficult for him to walk without support. After an arduous rehabilitation and adjusting to the new reality, he could study only up to 10th standard. 
 
Thus, his chances of a good job eluded him due to his poor academic qualifications. Being a bright boy he self-learnt computer skills, applied for jobs and finally landed this plum one in a multi-national, multi-location BPO.
 
As a non-governmental organisation (NGO), we had supported him in his rehabilitation journey and he had joyously shared this good news with us. Therefore, it was a surprise to hear his feeble voice on the first day of his new job. He narrated that the distance from the elevator on his floor up to his desk was more than 300 yards and the washroom another 150 yards. He used crutches to walk. Due to high air conditioning, he frequently needed to go the washroom. But each trip was over slippery glazed tiles. He consulted us and we suggested that the company station a wheelchair on the floor for his use while in the office. The next day he called again stating that the human resources (HR) department had declined the suggestion and said if he needed a wheelchair he had to get his own, and the company would not provide it. We were stumped. A multi-million dollar company refusing to buy a Rs5,000 worth of wheelchair for the benefit of a disabled employee. Our NGO bought and gave the wheelchair to Ninad knowing how important this job was for his self-confidence and esteem!
 
There are scores of good and not-so-good examples of companies in India when it comes to employing people with disabilities. In 2015, India launched the ambitious ‘Accessible India Campaign’ and with it a hint of developing a Company Index for being Disabled-friendly. Having been closely connected with the disability sector for over 20 years I gave the above an immersive thought and here are my novel suggestions for the proposed index. 
 
There could be five broad parameters with specific measures for the Index: 
1) Policy
I. Recruitment, employment and diversity
II. Flexiwork, flexi timings and work from home options 
III. Advertising
IV. Corporate
V. Quality
VI. Training and Development
VII. Inclusive products and service
VIII. Stakeholders and suppliers
IX. Electronic 
X. Number of PWD (People with disability) in the past 3 years, the 3% reservations notwithstanding
XI. Medical and leave options
XII. Ease of converting a new idea for the benefit of employee with disability
XIII. Policy for being disabled on the job
 
2) Infrastructure
I. Accessible Buildings 
II. Accessible offices & all facilities
III. Accessible Toilets 
IV. Elevators
V. Ramps
VI. Signage
VII. Special parking
VIII. Wheelchairs on premises
IX. Accessible websites
X. Special software
XI. Sign language interpreters
XII. Trained staff on all aspects of disability and etiquette
XIII. Customisation as per specific needs
XIV. Company information in accessible formats (Braille Annual Reports etc.) 
 
 
3) Financials
I. Compensation
II. Incentives
III. Promotions and transfers
IV. Investments for making it a disabled friendly company
V. CSR contribution for the disability sector
VI. Budgetary allocations
VII. Insurance for accidents and disability
 
4) Equal Opportunities for
I. Participating in National & International conferences, workshops & seminars
II. Growth & Promotions
III. Travel
IV. Projects
V. Participation in all company core and extra-curricular activities like Yoga, dance, sports, festivals, outbound and more
 
5) Innovations
I. Attendant and escort services
II. Celebrate with PWD NGOs and groups
III. Ergonomics
IV. Motorised and manual wheelchairs on premises
V. Travel allowance
VI. Special allowances like diaper allowance
VII. Medicines, medical supplies, diagnostics, assistive technology and therapy allowances for good health
VIII. Scholarships for employees, family members with disability
IX. Awards received for being inclusive
X. New product developed for PWDs
 
There are some 'super' employees who put their health, family or social life aside to bring results and outcomes consistently at the workplace, overcoming several personal and organisational speed-bumps to excel in their jobs translating into higher profits, bigger contracts, saving a customer from defecting or upgrading the quality of output. 
Similarly, there are 'super' companies, which think and act futuristically, adopting the parameters mentioned above and walking together for a wonderful tomorrow!
 
(Dr Ketna L Mehta is an educationist, editor, author and Founder Trustee of Nina Foundation that works for the rehabilitation of economically and socially disadvantaged people with spinal injuries. Her PhD Thesis was “Market Potential Study for a World Class Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Centre in Mumbai”. She is also Editor and Associate Dean Research, WeSchool. Dhaval Mehta is CMD, kreate & Young Advertising. He is also Trustee of Nina Foundation, responsible for the NGO's brand identity, creative communication and advertising campaigns. Email- [email protected], www.ninafoundation.org)

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Jagrati

8 months ago

1oo Million $ IT park does not have good pedestrian walk way, over bridge to cross the roads, leave alone a wheelchair dependent person. Every day when I walk in IT park or see someone guiding wheel chair, same thoughts keep coming again and again just few lakhs more &or better planning could have made the infrastructure compatible to disabled.

Beware. Your housing society land might just have been stolen
Shockingly, an open plot of a housing society in Pune and hold your breath, also the land on which two of its buildings stand tall, have been grabbed by an outsider, fraudulently changing the ownership in the land records, reveals RTI
 
Incredible though it may sound, a new criminal activity is emerging in the property market, in which, lands belonging to housing societies are allegedly being usurped through fake power of attorney leading to change of ownership of land. This, in effect, means that you might think you own your flat, but the ground beneath, that is the land, on which your building stands, might have been robbed in daylight, without your knowledge. This also leads to the basic question of whether you would continue to be the owner of the flat that you are residing in. It is as scary as that.
 
Such a daylight robbery has come out in the open, thanks to an alert resident of the Anupama Housing Society in the upper crust residential neighbourhood of Aundh in Pune. On getting an inkling of the wrongdoing, one of the residents procured documents through inspection of files under the Right to Information (RTI) Act; then tenaciously persuaded the sub-registrar, who was initially reluctant, to file a first information report (FIR) against Mukesh Gada, partner of G&S Associates and others. They, RTI revealed, had already usurped the land way back in 2010. Subsequently, a police complaint has been lodged last week by the sub-registrar, after the Collector of Pune ordered so. However, no action has been taken by the police as yet.
 
The resident in this case was RTI crusader, Vijay Kumbhar. He got suspicious, when recently some strange people entered the society, scrutinising the open land. He says, “One fine morning, I noticed some outsiders standing at the open land in the premises of my society and discussing something. When asked, they said that this open plot is for sale and they are one of the interested buyers. This came as a big shock for me and all the residents of the society as we have been residing here since 1977. The plot is rightful open space of our society, as has been recorded in the officially sanctioned layout plan. When some members of the housing society enquired further, they found out to their horror, that not only was the open space but also the land on which two buildings stand, have also been sold long back, in 2010. And, none of us in the society were even aware of this robbery. I hurriedly put up a notice board claiming ownership of society land.”
 
Kumbhar then conducted inspection of files in the building department and Bhoomi and Zindagi departments of Pune Municipal Corp (PMC) as well as in the Collector and Tehsildar’s office.  “Most of the documents, I asked for, were missing but the land extract document, which I received under RTI showed that two plots of our society were sold with the help of bogus Power of Attorney (PoA). The document claimed that the PoA was made way back in 1980,” he said.
 
Economic prosperity has led to escalation of land prices in Pune district giving a boost to land-related frauds. Kumbhar says, “It is a lucrative business. Grab a piece of land anywhere, sell it at exorbitant rates to land-hungry people, and become a millionaire almost overnight. However, earlier land grabbing was limited to open and vacant plots but now they have started grabbing even the land below buildings on which you and me are residing.”
 
The story of Anupama Housing Society goes like this. Jaysingani brothers owned a property in Aundh. In 1973, they got the layout plan sanctioned from PMC. They built three buildings on three plots and the fourth plot was kept open as per the Development Control Rules (DCR) of PMC. The property includes three buildings, open space, land and roads to the society in 1993. However, Kumbhar says, “Society officials being ignorant at that time and due to internal petty differences subsequently, they did not try to get mutations entries changed in the Society’s name and so all the plots remained in the name of the original builders, the Jaysinganis.”
 
Taking advantage of the situation, an outsider who has nothing do with the society, Mukesh Gada and others, executed two sale deeds with Department of Registration with the help of fake PoA.  Accordingly mutation entries were changed and 7x12 (saatbaara) extract of two plots were prepared in Mukesh Gada’s and others’ names.
 
 
Documents procured under RTI, revealed to Kumbhar that there are several irregularities in the registration of sale deeds in Gada’s name. The PoA was bogus; names in original documents and PoA were not matching; there were several erasures; there were incomplete or no addresses of sale deed executors and sale deeds were executed without PAN cards.
 
He says, “I understood that the registration was a fake, when I scrutinised the report of this case given by the talathi to the tehsildar. Earlier there was a different pattern of giving the identity to properties. Hence, Anupama Society’s plots were known as survey no 2/4+5+6/1A/1B/2 plot no10,11,12,13 and Roads. In 2004, for the sake of convenience of entry into the computer, the system was changed and new numbers were given as 2/4/A plot no10, 2/4/B plot no11, 2/4/C plot no12, 2/4/D plot no13, respectively and 2/4/E plot no14 was given to internal roads of the society. Why do the numbers given after year 2004 find a place in the PoA executed in 1980? Therefore, it implies that the PoA has been prepared sometime after 2004, fraudulently.’’
 
 
Kumbhar then filed a complaint with Inspector General, Registrar office (IGR) and the District Registrar. Action began with the Joint Sub Registrar in his first inquiry report admitting that there was substance in the complaint and an FIR should be filed. However, he stated that until the sub-registrar voluntarily seeks permission from him for lodging an FIR (since normally the sub registrar suo motu files the police complaint in case of an alleged fraud in a land record document and seeks permission of his senior; but in this case, FIR was ordered because of a citizen’s complaint), he is unable to ask the sub-registrar to file FIR. Kumbhar says, “This was just a lame excuse.” 
 
Kumbhar then once again wrote to IGR that there was no need of any permissions and the IGR or District Registrar could file an FIR if prima facie there is a valid case. The IGR then directed the Joint District Registrar (JDR) to act upon it and then the JDR ordered the sub-registrar to file an FIR. “I met IGR and I told him that, as there is a case to file an FIR, the authorities should not hesitate to do so. Otherwise, I will be compelled to file the FIR and make his department, party to the crime, as Section 81 in The Registration Act 1908 states that sub-registrar can be penalised for incorrectly endorsing, copying, translating or registering documents with an intent to injure,” Kumbhar says.
 
(Section 81 in full: Penalty for incorrectly endorsing, copying, translating or registering documents with intent to injure:- Every registering officer appointed under this Act and every person employed in his office for the purposes of this Act, who, being charged with the endorsing, copying, translating or registering of any document presented or deposited under its provisions, endorses, copies, translates or registers such document in a manner which he knows or believes to be incorrect intending thereby to cause or knowing it to be likely that he may thereby cause injury, as defined in the Indian Penal Code, 1860 (XLV of 1860), to any person shall be punishable with imprisonment for term which may extend to seven years, or with fine, or with both.) 
 
Thereafter, the District Registrar ordered the sub-registrar to file the FIR under Section 82 of Registration Act against the parties who registered the document.
 
(Section 82 in full: Penalty for making false statements, delivering false copies or translations, Use personation and abetment:- Whoever - (a) intentionally makes any false statement, whether on oath or not, and whether it has been recorded or not, before any officer acting, in execution of this Act, in any proceeding or enquiry under this Act; or (b) intentionally delivers to a registering officer in any proceeding under section 19 or section 21, a false copy or translation of a document, or a false copy of a map or plan; or (c) falsely personates another, and in such assumed character presents any document, or makes any admission or statement, or causes any summons or commission to be issued, or does any other act in any proceeding or enquiry under this Act; or (d) abets anything made punishable by this Act; shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to seven years, or with fine, or with both)
 
Kumbhar says, “Despite the FIR having been filed last week at the Kondhwa Police Station, there has been no action from the police. I have decided to pursue the matter to the logical end and also start a public campaign to make people aware of this new crime of land grab, wherein people may be unaware of the land on which their houses stand, are being pulled out from beneath their feet.”

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Vinayak Mahamunkar

7 months ago

It is very surprising news.All hsg.soc should take note of it.

vswami

8 months ago

The court case referred to is HERE:
https://http://www.google.co.in/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=...,d.c2E

Of course, this is just the last one, as instantly remembered, in the line of cases reported in recent times.
For a prima facie better exposition of the legal position as analysed elsewhere:

https://http://www.google.co.in/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=...,d.dGY

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Shirish Sadanand Shanbhag

In Reply to vswami 8 months ago

V Swami, at both the places, nothing is opening.
Again it is beating over the bush.

vswami

In Reply to Shirish Sadanand Shanbhag 8 months ago

REASON FOR THE DIFFICULTY FACED ADDRESSED; ALSO GOING THAT XTRA MILE, LINKS AGAIN FURNISHED VIA E'MAIL TO YOUR MD Y'DAY.

NO MORE REPLY NEEDED BY ME OR SOLICITED

vswami

In Reply to Shirish Sadanand Shanbhag 8 months ago

My honest guess is that the difficulty in the links not properly displayed hence not opening is due to some technical fault at your end. Be that as it may, hyperlinks haven again been sent via e' mail to your MD y'day. If gone through mindfully the info., therein , should be of help.

vswami

8 months ago

OFFHAND
No 'spine chilling news' THIS; for, after all, that it is the reality of present time is illustrated, more than convincingly so, through the revelations that are seen to be borne out by the narration of own experience shared; albeit just by a handful of the rudely awakened co-inhabitants of our planet.

The context is so irresistibly provoking that one is compulsively obliged to recall a recently reported judicial view; that is to the effect that, the registering authority will be acting in excess of his powers should he dare and refuse to register any sale document presented to him for the purpose, even though he might have quite genuine reasons strong enough to support and so refuse.

The truth that the concept of 'OWNERSHIP' of property, not only of other types, but also of so called 'immovable',is slowly but steadily undergoing a violent change is most certainly irrefutable; clearly showing, without the need for a radar,the wind is blowing in which direction.

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Shirish Sadanand Shanbhag

In Reply to vswami 8 months ago

V Swami, want you want to say sir?
Let your thought be clear and understandable to the point.
Be a solution to the problem.
Just beating over the bush, will not have any value.

manoharlalsharma

8 months ago

Interesting to read the given case study similar to CIDCO plot allotted for shifting APMC traders and functionary to settle in NAVI-MUMBAI and same plot were sold by promoters at hefty premium to builders/developers and ultimately sold out to General category public without their knowledge I and other 314 families deprive their fundamental RIGHT in capital property of society as they r the OWNERS but have not the members in society register.ready proof is PIL-474/1996 settled by HC/Bombay but CIDCO still not yet changed the category of the plot,even when CIDCO duly submitted in reply to PIL as there were out of 2315 only less then 10% people found GENUINE from APMC this is the licence to promoters for collection of PREMIUM even today.

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Shirish Sadanand Shanbhag

In Reply to manoharlalsharma 8 months ago

It is unfortunate, that when Navi Mumbai land cost started raising, in nineties, there was gross irregularity in allotment of land. There was no vigilance in CIDCO to oversee this irregularity. All political parties, started grabbing the land, be it for News papers, or any Schools or "charitable" institutions.
Now CIDCO land is fully in the holds of some Political Party big wigs.
If present Govt wishes, it can do some thing, and Hon. PM's affordable houses for all scheme can be brought into reality.

manoharlalsharma

In Reply to Shirish Sadanand Shanbhag 7 months ago

I support u r comment ; There was no vigilance in CIDCO to oversee this irregularity.but I would like to acknowledging even after asserted in the court of law at (BOMBAY HC) still keep alive the category why?

Ramesh Bajaj

8 months ago

I am facing a similar problem, because the party who has registered my office, in a conspiracy with others, not showing share certificate in its true form. is a highly influential party.
The sub-registrar, Jt. sub registrar, , etc are simply refusing to register FIR.
I am following up with Inspector General of Registration, Pune and Collector, Mumbai; but so far no results.
It is a tough road, but I will not give up. I have shown them the share certificate in its true form, which has my name endorsed on it 20 years ago.

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Shirish Sadanand Shanbhag

In Reply to Ramesh Bajaj 8 months ago

Mr Ramesh Bajaj, Follow what Kumbhar has done, in filing the FIR, by using Section 81, 82, 19 & 21 of Registration Act, 1908.
You take up the complaint against your Poilce Station, and thake that complaint up to Mumbai Police Commissioner.
For their inaction, make Lokshahi Din Complaint to District Collector, on first Monday of the month, between 10 am and 11 am. Make your complaint against the Sub-Registrar, for his inaction of not registering FIR, in your case.
I have no idea, where you reside in Mumbai. If you are residing from Culaba to Sion and Mahim, then you are residing in Mumbai City. Sub Registrar of Mumbai City has his office at Old Custom House, near Asiatic Library at Fountain.
If you nare residing from Sion to Mulund or Bandra to Dahisar, then you are under Mumbai Sub-urban district. In that case, your Collector i8s sitting at 10th Floor of Govt. Administrative Building, near, Chetana College, Bandra East.
You write your complaint in triplicate. Two copies are to be given to the Collector. One for your records. Write "Lokshahi Din Complaint" on the top of your complaint. Address your complaint to Hon. District Collector.
As you come to Collector's Office, a clerk will be sitting ourside his room, who will accept your complaint in two copies. He will give you acknowledgement in the form of a paper, on which Token number will be written. Every Complainant will be called by his/her token number. As you enter the Collector's room, you will find that you will be give a seat and mike to talk your complaint to Collector. On either side of your table, several officers from various Maharashtra Govt. Office will be sitting, who will sitting, who will hear your complaint. After your hearing, Hon. Collector will mark your complaint to concerned Dept, and give the copy to the officer of that dept present in the Lokshahi Din.
You will receive a letter in another 15-20 daasy from the Collector, asking concerned officer, to resolve your complaint before next Lokshahi Din.
By chance if you are not getting any reply from that department by next Lokshahi Din, then you mak raise same complaint in next month's Lokshshi Din. Even if you get an unsatisfactory reply, then also you can raise complaint to next Lokshahi Din.
After two successive month's Lokshahi Din with Collector, if you are not getting proper reply, then take up the complaint to Lokshahi Din of Divisional Commissioner. Mumbai falls in Konkan Division, whose commissioner sits at konkan Bhavan Belapur. He conducts his Lokshahi Din on second monday of every month. His office may be contacted on 022-27572325, to ascertain Lokshahi Din hearing of the3 month. There, you have to take your complaint in triplicate, with token number letter from Collector and any reply received, its copy, with your complaint letter.
You have to take up your complaint to Divisional Commissioner for successive two months, and as in Collector's complaint.
If you don't get any reply, then take up the complaint to Chief Minister's Lokshahi Din, which is held at his Office at Mantralaya, on first Monday of the month, between 10 am and 11 am. In his Lokshahi Din complaint, you will attach your token of Divisional Commissioner's Lokshahi Din Complaint and also copy of reply received.
CM Devendra Fadnavis, has started his started his Lokshahi Din through video conferencing system with the help fo National Informatic Centre (NIC) Video Conferencing Studio at Collector's Office. Therefor, before first Monday of the month, visit your District Collector and ask for Video conferencing facility for CM's Lokshahi Din. Collector's Office will arrange for the same.
Apart from above redressal machinery, you can also make complaint to Lokayukta, at his office, at mezzanine floor, at New Administrative Building, Opp. Mantralaya. You have to ake your complaint in two copies, addressed to Hon. Lokayoukta, Maharaashtra State.

Ramesh Bajaj

In Reply to Shirish Sadanand Shanbhag 8 months ago

Thank you sir,

I have lodged my complaint with the IGR, Pune. I am awaiting his response. Can I show the same to you and proceed as you suggested.
Thank you very much.

Shirish Sadanand Shanbhag

In Reply to Ramesh Bajaj 8 months ago

You are requested to come to Moneylife Foundation's Office for your work on Tuesdays, 4.30pm to 7pm, for Co-op. Hsg. Sty. works, which I am attending.
On Wednesdays 5pm to 7pm, Right To Information (RTI) and Right to Services session is attended by former Central Information Commissioner, Mr. Shailesh Gandhi.
I advise you to come with xerox copy of your all the papers properly compiled in a file, on Tuesday. If it need be, I will advise you to come on Wednesday, since Gandhi will be in a better position to guide you for the matter with RTI and Right to Services.
I suggest you to call 022-49205000, Moneylife Foundation Office at about 2pm on designated day, to make sure that respective resource person is available that day.

Shirish Sadanand Shanbhag

8 months ago

This all has happened because, said Anupam Co-op. Hsg. Society Ltd. (CHS) has not transferred Property Card of its land in its name, when Society was formed in early seventies.
To such CHSs, in the year 2012, Govt of Maharashtra has started Deemed Conveyance, to get the Property Card in Society's name. Only less than 1% CHSs in the State has taken advantage of this facility. This work is so simplified, and it does not require even the help of an advocate. Any one can do it.
Kumbhar is advised to go for Deemed Conveyance of his Society and get his Society's name on Property Card, from City Survey Office, Pune.
Moneylife Foundation Office at Dadar West, Mumbai-400028, I give free guidance on every Tuesday, between 4.30 pm and 7 pm. Kindly phone 02249205000 at Moneylife Foundation Office on Tuesday morning at 11 am, before you come for guidance.

Vaibhav Dhoka

8 months ago

This LAND GRABBING started in late 90s when land prices started sky rocketing.My father had this type of land grabbing two decades back in Pune in Kondhwa area.My Father held 10 gunthas along with my brother in law.My father was 66 yrs and brother in law was 30 years.By impersonating them sale deed was executed.The person impersonating my father was shown as 35 yrs and my brother in law as 32 yrs.In such cases advocates play pivotal role as they identify persons before Sub-registrar.When such solid proofs are there why police,courts and other agencies fail to act.Or else one has to presume all are part of frauds.Such frauds take place in all government departments.Even Sharepro registrar dividend and shares transfer falls in such category.The reason for this is lax investigation and sluggish and corrupt judiciary.Present PM has taken firm stand in bureaucracy.which will help reduce such frauds.

SuchindranathAiyerS

8 months ago

This sort of thing has been going on for a long time in Karnataka in collusion with the Politicians, Bureaucrats, Judges and Cops. The sires of the members of Vishwamaitri (a Sat Sangh) under a society called Greater Bangalore Development Society were stolen by the IAS-IPS lobby in collusion with then then Chief Minister of Karnataka, Ramakrishna Hegde. It is now called HSR lay out.

D S Ranga Rao

8 months ago

Appalling state of affairs. Even after six and a half decades of Independence, our land records continue to be in disarray giving rise to all kinds of frauds, thanks to a moribund and corrupt government machinery. So sad that despite being well aware of these rotten eggs, each one of us won't stir out of our cosy cocoons until the fire and heat reaches our own doorstep. Therefore, it's time that each one of us started questioning and exposing the officials like Mr. Kumbhar in the story, in our own interest.







Babubhai Vaghela

8 months ago

Grab Land. Construct Buildings. Mint Money Selling Buildings. Pay Money to Gujarat Govt. Regularise & Make it Legal. That is #NarendraModi Model in Gujarat being Continued by #AnandibenPatel. On a Gigantic Scale.

Flyover collapses in Kolkata; 18 dead, many injured
Kolkata : A part of a flyover under construction here collapsed on Thursday, reportedly trapping several people in the debris, police said.
 
A portion of the Vivekananda Flyover crashed in the congested Barabazar area. Disaster management and trauma care teams reached the spot to rescue those trapped.
 
According to later reports, at least two people were killed and over 100 injured when a part of a flyover under construction collapsed over taxis and other vehicles in a congested area here on Thursday, police said.
 
At least 10-12 people were rushed from the debris to the Calcutta Medical College and Hospital. Several others were reported trapped under the debris in the northern part of the metropolis.
 
"Two bodies have been extricated," a police officer said. The disaster occurred around 12.30 p.m.
 
"We brought out 10-12 people. We cannot say whether they are dead or alive," said another police officer.
 
A National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) official put the number of injured at around 100. 
 
Disaster management and trauma care teams, including from NDRF, joined the rescue and relief operations. So did hundreds of locals. 
 
The West Bengal government had sought army help in the rescue efforts. Chief Minister Mamta Banerjee was rushing back to Kolkata from Midnapore. 
 
"There was a sudden thundering noise" as the Vivekananda Flyover came crashing down, a witness said. 
 
He said he saw the flyover collapse over taxis, auto-rickshaws and other vehicles. 
 
Several vehicles, including a mini bus, two taxis and three auto-rickshaws, were still buried under the debris.
 
"More than 100 people must have been (buried) beneath it... It is a huge loss," the witness said.
 
Human body parts were seen in the debris, with blood splattered on the road.
 
The long-delayed 2.5-km flyover under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission was expected to tackle congestion in Burrabazar area - the location of one of the largest wholesale markets in Asia - up to the Howrah station, the gateway to the city.
 
The project's foundation was laid in 2008 and work on the Rs.164-crore project began on February 24, 2009. 
 
It was scheduled to be completed in 2012 but land acquisition issues delayed its completion. The implementing agency too ran into financial troubles.
 
 
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