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Rs 640 crore bridge develops crack in just 13 days

Rs 640 crore bridge develops crack in just 13 days
Lucknow Barely two weeks ago, it was inaugurated with great fanfare by the Minister for Public Works in UP.

Now, the Rs 640-crore bridge has developed a massive crack - five feet long and 10 inches wide. The bridge in the Banda district is the longest bridge over the river Yamuna in UP.

The state government has set up a committee to investigate the poor construction. Experts say it will take at least a month to repair the damage.

The bridge is totally off-limits for now. Meanwhile, the traffic has been diverted to alternate routes.

This causes considerable embarrassment for Naseemuddin Siddiqui, who is the state's Minister for Public Works. Recently, a government hospital being constructed in the same district collapsed, injuring several labourers.
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