35-year-old Myagdi bridge risks lives

- Ghanshyam Khadka, Myagdi

Sep 7, 2014-

Since the 35-year-old suspension bridge at Andhagalchhi in the district is in dilapidated condition, the lives of daily commuters are at risk. Apart from locals, hundreds of tourists ply the bridge on a daily basis which leads to Tatopani-Ghodepani trek route.

While the railing on both sides have been taken off, the twines are in rotten condition.“Eighty percent of the twines is destroyed, increasing chances of an accident,” said Suresh Shrestha, sub engineer at the District Development Committee (DDC). Shrestha believes that it would be safer if the bridge was not used at this point of time. The 150-year-old suspension bridge at Mangalghat is in similar condition.

The concerned VDC and municipality, to monitor the condition of suspension bridges in the district, are allocated Rs 6,000 yearly. But none of the concerned authorities have presented with a study on the bridges. The DDC last year released Rs 660,000 to supervise 18 bridges.

“We received Rs 94,000 for the purpose. The budget was however transferred into our internal funds after we failed to find a suitable person for the job,” said Ganesh Gautam, the accountant at Beni Municipality.

Although there are more than 300 suspension bridges in the district, the bridges are said to only be in the periphery of the district headquarters. According to officials at the DDC, the locals in remote areas have demanded for 100 more suspension bridges.

The officials claim to have begun the initial phase of constructing 19 more suspension bridges in the district through a partnership system. “Efforts are on to collect data on the number of suspension bridges and their condition,” said Bal Krishna Poudel, assistant sub engineer at the DTO.

Published: 08-09-2014 09:17

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