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Tuesday 1 September 2020

In Madhya Pradesh, New Bridge Collapses Amid Heavy Rain

Nearing inauguration, a recently built bridge in Madhya Pradesh's Seoni collapsed on Sunday. The official completion date for this bridge constructed on Wainganga river was August 30 of this year, the day it collapsed.

Officials had stated that the construction of the 150-metre tall bridge had finished a month before the completion date. This structure was built at a cost of Rs 3.12 crore under the Pradhan Mantri Gramin Sadak Yojana (PMGSY). It stood about 350 km from state capital Bhopal.A portion of the bridge along with the slab came crashing down on Sunday after water was released from the gates of the Bheemgarh dam.

The bridge had not been inaugurated yet but locals had started using it owing to its location on the Sunwara-Amanala road. With the new bridge crashing down on Sunday, locals in neighbouring localities will have to suffer hardship for a few more months.Executive engineer of the PMGSY, JP Mehra said, "A part of the bridge was swept away due to heavy rain as well as the fact that all gates of the dam were opened.""There was no lack in quality, when we went there yesterday and asked the elders, they said they had never seen such heavy rain in the area," Mehra added. 

He went on to say, "A probe will be conducted in the matter according to the administration."Heavy rain has been lashing parts of Madhya Pradesh for three days now including Seoni district

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