Under construction bridge collapses for second time

*Govt orders probe * AARCA seeks action

By A O News Service

ITANAGAR, Mar 30: Terming the collapse of under construction Kumey Bridge on Gangte-Tali road for second time on March 28 evening as befitting example of Arunachal Pradesh as a ‘Land of Khushi Khushi’, All Arunachal Registered Contractors’ Association (AARCA) president Charu Deepak resented that such misuse of scarce resource by this fund poor state should not be tolerated under any circumstances.

The state government had sanctioned fund for second time at the initiative of Nyishi Elite Society (NES) so that the bridge would facilitate smooth communication to the remote Kra Daadi district, he said in a statement on Tuesday and regretted that crores of funds have been wasted probably due to technical fault in design.

Welcoming the probe ordered by the state government, he said that those involved irrespective of their positions should be placed under suspension immediately to facilitate a free and fair investigation to fix responsibility.

Terming the ongoing bridge as lifeline of the district, AARCA adviser Sangha Tagik appreciated NES and Chief Minister Pema Khandu for the fund sanction. In a statement, he hoped that those found guilty should be taken to task as present CM is dead against corruption.

Meanwhile, PWD commissioner Kaling Tayeng informed that the state government has taken serious exception to collapse of under construction Kumey Bridge on Gangte-Tali road as per report received from of Kra Daadi deputy commissioner.

PWD chief engineer (CZ-A) was directed to inspect the bridge on March 29 while a departmental Inquiry under a superintending engineer has been ordered to find the causes of collapse and fix responsibility on official(s)/agency. The report is expected to be submitted within a week, he added.

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