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Tragedy lurks as dilapidated bridge made to support excess traffic

punjab Updated: Aug 10, 2013 23:22 IST
Kamaljit Singh Kamal

A tragedy looms large here as a dilapidated cemented bridge at Ali Khan village on Dinanagar-Taragarh road in Bhoa assembly constituency can give in anytime.

The railing of the bridge is broken and it is full of potholes. The bridge is so narrow that only one vehicle can cross it at a time.

The residents of the area fear that it may collapse any time because heavy vehicles especially trucks loaded with sand pass over it on daily basis.

The bridge is 14 feet wide and 125 feet long and is built on the Naumani Nullah, which plays havoc during the rainy season. The bridge is in bad condition as it has not been repaired for long and supports excessive traffic.

This bridge is the only link between Dinanagar and Narot Jaimal Singh area via Taragarh.

PPCC Majha zone co-ordinator and spokesman Joginder Singh Chhina said that the government seemed to be waiting for a tragedy to occur as the one happened in Sirhind recently. Chhina urged the government to undertake repair of the bridge or construct a new one. "We are giving 15 days to the government to fulfil our demand, failing which the party will organise a protest rally at the bridge.

Meanwhile, Pathankot PWD (B&R) executive engineer Rajinder Singh Gotra said that the department had written several times to the government about the poor condition of the said bridge. He said that the issue was also raised in the Vidhan Sabha. The XEN said that this was a very narrow bridge and needed to be widened.