Bridge collapses near Pathankot
Pathankot, July 17
A temporary bridge at Chakki Dariya on the Pathankot-Kullu highway washed away this morning following overnight heavy rains in Himachal Pradesh. The traffic was diverted to a longer route, forcing people to take a detour of around 20 km.
The bridge, originally built by the British, was washed away in August, 2007. A pontoon bridge was then built with the help of the Army at a cost of Rs 53 lakh but that too gave way following rains last year. Since then, a temporary bridge was constructed twice with public initiative and after collecting funds from people.
After the bridge collapsed early this morning, travellers are coughing up higher fare and taking up longer time to reach their destination.