2 dead, 2 injured after collapse of colonial era bridge
Two persons died and two were injured after an iron bridge collapsed in the Garhi cantonment area of Dehradun early on Friday morning. The bridge dating back to the colonial era was not in a sound condition and the local residents had for some time been demanding construction of a new bridge.
According to official sources, the Garhi cantonment police station received information early in the morning that at about 6 AM the iron bridge at Virpur-Ghangoda had collapsed. A total of four persons in separate vehicles including one truck and two motorcycles fell about 100 feet down in to the ravine following the collapse of the bridge. This resulted in the death of one person on the spot while another person died later during treatment. The two who died in the mishap have been identified as Virpur-Ghangoda residents Dhan Bahadur Thapa and Prem Thapa. The two injured were identified as Dhakrani, Vikasnagar resident brothers Shahzad and Zulfan. On receiving news of the bridge collapse, the police along with army, SDRF and PWD teams reached the site of the mishap. The injured persons were taken to a nearby private hospital for treatment.
Meanwhile, chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat expressed grief at the deaths and injury caused by the bridge collapse. He empathised with the bereaved families and also directed the district administration to ensure proper medical treatment of the injured persons. In his condolence message the Pradesh Congress Committee president Pritam Singh expressed deep grief. He also pointed out that the local residents had on many occasions asked the authorities concerned to construct a new bridge at the site but the same was not done. Singh said that the departmental officials concerned are responsible for the mishap.
Meanwhile, the main road link to various settlements has been severed following the collapse of the bridge. Locals complain that the colonial era metal bridge said to be about 115 years old was not in a fit state for quite some time. Despite repeated requests for construction of a new bridge, the authorities concerned did not act promptly. The bridge collapsed early in the morning but had it collapsed later during the day, the toll could have been much higher as it is frequented by both civilians and army personnel and their families. Read more posts…
Saturday, 29 December 2018 | PNS | Dehradun—
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