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Due to heavy rain in Jharkhand’s Jhumri Telaiya, a 20-year-old bridge collapses

Due to the region’s constant heavy rain, a 20-year-old bridge across the Gokhane river in Jumri Telaiya town of Koderma district in Jharkhand collapsed on Wednesday. However, no one was hurt as a result of the incident.

Kanko Panchayat’s Badki Dhamrai village connects Kanko and Telaiya dam via a decades-old bridge. People used the bridge to travel to Telaiya Dam, Barkatha, Barhi, and Hazaribagh. To get to Telaiya dam, villagers will have to travel through Pindaro, Belkhara, Chhotki Dhamrai, and Badki Dhamrai.

Garaidih, Gabanpur, Bajpur, Manjhgawan, Pindro, Jolhakarma, Kanko, Shringardih, and Garha have all been affected by the bridge collapse. Villagers used to travel 5 kilometres across the bridge to reach Telaiya Dam, but now they will have to travel a distance of about 12 kilometres to reach the other side.

Due To Heavy Rain
Due To Heavy Rain

The same bridge was damaged by rain three years ago, and only small vehicles, bikes, and pedestrians were allowed to cross it, with barricades in place to prevent heavy vehicles from entering due to the age of the structure. Meanwhile, the administration has taken no steps to reconstruct the bridge.

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The condition of the bridge was reported to Barkatha MLA Amit Kumar Yadav, according to villagers, but no action was taken by the administration. The bridge was built for 18 lakhs in 1995-96. After it was halted, construction was restarted at a cost of 12 lakhs under revised conditions. The bridge was built between 1999 and 2000.

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