GUWAHATI: A bridge collapsed and broke into two parts in the Sivasagar district, Assam creating a major inconvenience to the commuters.
According to reports, the bridge was on the Daoki Ali which connects the historic Naga Ali, was constructed around four years back under the state Public Works Department (PWD).
Local people alleged that the contractor, Suman Gogoi, constructed the bridge with sub-standard materials resulting from the collapse of it.
They demanded an inquiry into the matter and urged the concerned department to construct a new bridge in the road early. " This road, the Daoki Ali connects the Naga Ali. Lots of commuters from both the Sivasagar and Nazira constituencies daily use this road. We demand early construction of a new bridge here," a local people said.
He termed the incident as unfortunate as the bridge was constructed just around four years back.
"Fortunately, no one lost or injured in the incident as the bridge collapsed before the start of the working hours. We have seen that the bridge was not constructed properly. Hench, it collapsed," he further said.
In a similar incident, the busy Kolaghat bridge over the Ramganga river in Uttar Pradesh's Shahjahanpur district collapsed early on Monday, breaking into three parts.
The 1,800m-long bridge that connects Shahjahanpur with Budaun and Bulandshahr was built in 2011 and its foundation was laid in 1992.
The incident occurred at about 3 AM and a major accident was averted as there was very little traffic on the route at that time except for a minivan crossing over the bridge with five men on board that had a narrow escape.