Buckled steel: What happened in Kolkata was a tragedy. Is the UK government creating the conditions for a similar disaster here?

Buckled steel: What happened in Kolkata was a tragedy. Is the UK government creating the conditions for a similar disaster here?

This tragedy could have serious repercussions for the United Kingdom.

Was substandard steel to blame for this tragedy?

Where was the steel sourced? China?

Do UK construction projects – such as the Forth Bridge refurbishment – source their steel from the same place?

And will the UK government consider cancelling some of its foreign steel contracts and invest in the superior British product instead, as a result of this wake-up call?

This Writer thinks we all know the answer to the last question.

Hopes of finding more survivors trapped under a collapsed flyover are fading in the Indian city of Kolkata (Calcutta).

Rescuers have worked through the night in the Girish Park area, where the bypass was under construction when it collapsed suddenly on Thursday afternoon.

At least 24 people were killed and scores injured.

The cause of the disaster was not immediately clear, but safety issues such as lack of inspections and the use of substandard materials have plagued construction projects in India.

Source: India Kolkata flyover collapse: Hope fading for survivors – BBC News

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