Himachal Pradesh: Rs 100 Crore Bridge Linking Chamba With Pathankot Collapses, 6 Injured
New Delhi, October 20: In a tragic incident, a 15-year-old concrete bridge, linking Chamba town in Himachal Pradesh with Pathankot in Punjab, collapsed leaving around six people injured on Thursday. As soon the incident came to light, District Collector, Sudesh Kumar Mokhta with other officials reached the spot and took charge of the situation.
Talking to reporters, Mokhta, “The collapse of the bridge is because of a default in the construction map or the poor use of material in the construction. We have ordered an inquiry and action will be taken.”
Reportedly, when the incident took place, a car, a mini truck and a motorcycle was passing the bridge. Consequently, when the bridge collapsed, the motorcycle fell into the river, while the car and the mini truck got stuck.
Six injured after a bridge collapsed in Himachal Pradesh's Chamba yesterday pic.twitter.com/bMNFiHeWmc
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As per the reports of ANI, the injured have been taken to Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College and are undergoing treatment. Constructed under the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD), the bridge reportedly worth Rs 100-crore was inaugurated by CM Virbhadra Singh in 2005 . Reports say that its design was criticised earlier but no official paid heed to the matter then.