Mangalore: New Bridge Girder Breaks Causing Heavy Loss, Traffic Chaos
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Daijiworld Media Network - Mangalore (NM)
Mangalore, Jul 22: A large girder (beam) that was to be used for the construction of the new Netravati parallel bridge broke after it fell on to the road during transportation, causing heavy loss and traffic jam.
The incident occured near the new Netravati bridge near here on Sunday July 22 at around 12.30 pm.
The girder, measuring 33.5 meters was the 95th of the total 96 girders to be fitted to the bridge which is in the last stage of construction. It was being transported by a trailer, and rolled out when the axle of the trailer tyre broke.
The impact of the fall was such that the girder got smashed and was rendered useless. The project manager of Navayuga Constructions, which is undertaking the bridge work, told Daijiworld that the rods in the girder will be removed and reused.
The total loss reported is around Rs 20 lacs.
Speaking to Daijiworld, an eyewitness pointed out, "If the girder could get damaged so easily by falling from the low height of the truck, what would be its quality and that of the bridge?
Traffic chaos ensued soon after the incident, with vehicles from both sides of the road caught in a gridlock.