The lone bridge linking Uttarkashi to the China border collapsed today, disconnecting dozens of villages and inconveniencing daily commuters, especially school-going children and teachers.
The makeshift Gangotri bridge collapsed around 6 am when two trucks were crossing it, Uttarkashi District Magistrate Ashish Chauhan said.
No one was hurt in the incident, he said.
Mr Chauhan said that according to rules, only one truck can pass through the bridge at a time. A magisterial probe has been ordered into the incident and the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) and the Public Works Department (PWD) have been asked to open an alternate route as soon as possible.
Daily commuters who use the bridge, especially school-going children and teachers, have been left in a lurch and a number of vehicles were left stranded on either sides of the road with no other available alternative.