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Bridge crisis continues in Middle Andaman; NHIDCL contractor in trouble
Andaman & Nicobar Islands

Bridge crisis continues in Middle Andaman; NHIDCL contractor in trouble

Agency News

Port Blair, Jul 15: The crisis over bailey bridge in Middle Andaman has been continuing since last five weeks.

On 12 June last, Thoratang Bailey Bridge of Middle Andaman collapsed when two loaded trucks of NHIDCL contractor tried to cross the bridge together.

Surprisingly, nearly one month after the bridge was repaired by NHIDCL contractor, the bridge again collapsed on 11 July 2019, within 10 hours of the re-launch of the bridge.

The bridge collapse has hit the traffic flow of Andaman Trunk Road in Andaman, which connects Port Blair with North Andaman.

Now the Deputy Commissioner of North and Middle Andaman, Mr. Awanish Kumar has reportedly asked NHIDCL to take action against the contractor for the lapses, which resulted in collapse of Thoratang Bailey Bridge for the second time.

When asked about the reasons, the Deputy Commissioner informed media persons that the main reason behind this collapse was use of old materials in renovating the bridge.

He said detailed report will be submitted to him very soon.

He said that engineers and officials of NHIDCL inspected the bridge after the incident and it has been decided that a new bailey bridge will be immediately built and procurement of materials for the same has also been started.

Meanwhile, some PRI members of nearby villages have also expressed deep anguish over such negligence of NHIDCL contractor.

The Pradhan of Swadesh Nagar Panchayat of Middle Andaman has already requested the administration not to hand over the repair work of the bailey bridge to NHIDCL again. (UNI)