Newly opened Rs 640 crore bridge in Banda cracks in just 13
Traffic on the Rs 640 crore Chillaghat bridge in Banda came to a
screeching halt on Wednesday after a big crack developed in the centre of the
bridge, giving commuters a chilling glimpse of the raging Yamuna waters some 100
feet below. Questions were being raised over the quality of construction since
the 1086.62 metre long bridge was inaugurated recently.
The crack was five feet long and around 10 inches wide.
Traffic on the bridge that connects Banda and Kanpur was
diverted to the Tindwari-Bendaghat route, which meant an additional run of 44km
for commuters. This distance had been reduced to little over a kilometre ever
since the bridge was opened.
A team of experts from the Uttar Pradesh State Bridge Corporation ( UPSBC) and
public works department (PWD) was rushed to the site after the incident for a
preliminary assessment of the probable causes and extent of the damage. The team
will suggest an interim immediate recourse if possible.
The bridge was inaugurated on November 18 by minister for public works
The state public works department which supervised and executed the project, has
ordered an inquiry into the causes that led to the crack. PWD engineer-in- chief
Tribhuvam Ram told TOI that a three-member committee has been formed to look
into the incident and submit a preliminary report within 48 hours. On the basis
of the interim report, the department would decide on the future course of