Friday, December 3, 2010

Opened 13 days ago, Rs 650 cr bridge falls in UP


650 cr bridge falls in a15 daysBanda (UP): A Rs 650 crore bridge over river Yamuna in Banda district, inaugurated only 13 days ago by the Public Works Minister of UP, Naseemuddin Siddiqui, fell on Wednesday.

Sources told IBN7 that a major chunk of concrete fell from the middle of the bridge, raising serious questions on the quality of the work. The minister, in his inaugural address, had proudly claimed that the bridge was constructed in a record time of two years.

The accident again brings into focus the nexus between PWD and UP Bridge Corporation officials and the contractors hired for executing such projects.


The District Magistrate of Banda has ordered an enquiry into the incident.

It should be noted that there are four ministers in UP cabinet from the Banda region of Bundelkhand. Yet, the process of development has been neglected in the region.

Earlier, a pontoon bridge was used to connect Banda with Kanpur and Fatehpur.

This is, however, not the first instance of the corrupt contractor-government nexus threatening the lives of people in UP.




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