BRO bridge collapse in Himachal killing two

Shimla: An over bridge constructed by the Border Road Organisation (BRO) last year on the Dhami – Basantpur milatary road collapsed yesterday killing two person and seriously injuring two others.

Dhami – Basantpur road is maintained by the Indian Army providing an all weather connectivity to the forward areas in Kinnaur.

As per reports, four cement-laden trucks were parked on the bridge when the mishap took place. Two persons died on the spot while two others sustained grievous injuries.

The BRO said it will probe into the incident.

The road is a vital link for transportation of army supplies upto Kaurik on Indo-Tibet border and also for carrying apple and other agriculture produce from Kinnaur and Rampur areas to various markets.

The traffic from the road has now been diverted to the alternate route via Narkanda on Hindustan Tibet National Highway, officials said.

One of the deceased has been identified as Prem, while the body of the other victim could not be retrieved as yet from under the debris of the collapsed bridge and mangled trucks.

Superintendent of Police, Shimla district, R M Sharma said a case has been registered against the truck drivers under various sections of Indian Penal Code related to causing death by negligence. It was suspected that the trucks parked on the bridge carried more weight than allowed on it.

Meanwhile, Colonel (Works) at BRO’s ‘Deepak Project’ Headquarters at Shimla, S S Pathania, said "The bridge was constructed in August 2009 and the BRO headquarters in Delhi is likely to soon order an inquiry into the incident and send a technical team to check composition of the material used in construction and the design."

"We would put up a Bailey bridge within next two days to restore traffic on the route," he added.

He said that the bridge was classified as ‘Road Class 7’ that can bear upto 70 tonnes of weight and it was quite possible that the trucks parked on it carried more weight.

Following this incident, the Himachal Pradesh government yesterday had said that overloading at Himachal entry points will invite penalty for truckers.

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