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Madi bridge facing threat of collapse

  

HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE

DAMAULI: The 370-meter long bridge over the Madi River along Prithvi Highway in Damauli is in dilapidated condition due to the apathy and negligence of government towards its maintenance.

The bridge was constructed 39 years ago with the financial assistance of the Chinese government. The illegal extraction of sand and boulders has put the bridge’s existence at peril.

The foundation of bridge’s pillars is weakening after the river washed way the wire fence. Bishnu Gautam, a local, said that eight pillars belonging to the bridge were weakening.

He said negligence on the part of concerned authorities had worsened the condition. KB Gurung of Byash Municipality-7 had forwarded a proposal to conserve the bridge and run a boat in the river.

The proposal, however, remained confined to the paper after the government turned a deaf ear to his plan.

Western Division Road Office Number 1, Tanahu, however,

said although the bridge was shaking it would make no difference.

Byash Municipality Executive Officer Ramchandra Lamgad said his office had banned to extract sand and boulders from under the bridge and 500 meter periphery of it. “Those found to be extracting the sand and boulders will be punished,” he said.

Chief District Officer Basudev Dahal said that they would not allow plying the vehicles beyond the capacity of the bridge. “Soon I would be instructing road engineer for the conservation of the bridge,” he added.

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