With reporting by Hussain Nagri
Gilgit, May 13: At least three girders, support beams used during construction, of an under-construction bridge in the Hunza-Nagar district collapsed this morning.
The bridge had been under-construction for the past one decade. It was being constructed between Sikandarabad and Khizarabad, in the Hunza-Nagar district.
The residents of Khizarabad live on the opposite side of the Hunza River and the bridge is vital for connecting their village with the Karakuram Highway and Sikandarbad village of Nagar Valley. The project has been pending for the last 10 years and the locals have been protesting and meeting the authorities, to no avail.
The collapsing of the girders is being considered as a result of either the use of sub-standard material or flawed engineering, or a combination of both.
The project had been started in 2006 at the estimated cost of around 71 million rupees. Due to unexplained delays in the construction, the cost of the bridge had risen to around 86 million rupees in 2011 and the project was still incomplete. The contract for the project had been given to a firm called “Five Stars Construction Company”, which failed to complete the project despite of charging 15 million extra rupees.