Bridge collapses thrice in 3 years

Bridge collapses thrice in 3 years

wanton act: The Hagari bridge in Bellary taluk which collapsed on Thursday. dh photo

An estimated 18,000 vehicles ply per day over this 450-metre long pipe bridge constructed across Hagari River in the year 1962.

The bridge serves a vital road link between Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. People headed to Mantralaya use this stretch.

The collapse of the bridge has severed road connectivity to more than ten villages.
The reckless large-scale sand mining on the river basin coupled with plying of trucks overloaded with sand has contributed for weakening of the structure.

While rules allow transportation of 15-20 tonnes of sand in a lorry, the operators load almost thrice the quantity, sources in the Public Works Department, which maintains the bridge, said.

A temporary road would be laid by the side of the bridge within a week to facilitate movement of light motor vehicles, the officers of the Department added.

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