Sirsa bridge gives in



Shimla: The Sirsa bridge on the Pinjore-Swarghat highway that connects the Baddi-Barotiwala industrial belt of Himachal Pradesh caved in on Wednesday. Though unlike other bridges that were washed away by rains in the state during the last few days, only one pillar of the bridge has sunk into the river bed, vehicles could not pass through it, which caused heavy traffic jam on both sides of the bridge.
Last week, the 118-year-old Kandwal bridge on Chakki river that connects Punjab with Himachal Pradesh also gave way on Thursday last week, thus cutting off another entry point to the state. About 100 metres of the 535-metre long bridge was totally washed away. Last year another entry point into the state, the Markandya bridge near Kala Amb, was washed away and is still not fully operational again. Added to this, Landslide on the Kalka highway a day before and, obstruction on the Bilaspur Manali highway had literally cut off the whole state from rest of the country, except for entry through the Una-Kangra highway.

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  1. The way the bridges are getting washed away speaks volume of the working of the PWD and NH authorities. PWD is a gold mine department in our state and if one has the right inclination one can collect enough for the next 7 generations. The bridges in the state are not giving in for nothing!

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