Rs 640 crore bridge develops crack in just 13 days

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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.
Story First Published: December 02, 2010 12:36 IST

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