Bridge to Tiger point damaged in rain

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 28 Jul 2017 09:23:20


 

Our Correspondent,


AMBIKAPUR/MAINPAT,

With the incessant heavy rains lashing the Mainpat area, visitors thronging to enjoy the beauty of Tiger Point waterfall are disappointed as a connecting bridge constructed years ago is damaged at three places. Therefore, visitors are unable to reach Tiger Point waterfall. Sitapur-Ambikapur road is completely closed. It is to be mentioned that in Surguja division it has been raining heavily for the last three days. Several rivers and nullahs are in spate and many culverts and roads were washed away. Several villages were cut off from district headquarters.


With the torrential rains a 57 year-old bridge on a road leading to Tiger Point waterfall was damaged at 3 places on Monday night. It is said that Bharat Aluminium Company Limited (BALCO) was transporting Bauxite from this road. With the heavy transport vehicles passing through day and night, the bridge was in dilapidated condition. But the Bridge Department has so far not declared this bridge as dangerous. After the bridge was damaged, people have to go 10kms extra to reach Sitapur.


Collector Kiran Kaushal has directed SDM AK Tripathi to make spot inspection and file a report. PWD officials were also directed to immediately construct the bridge. Collector Kiran Kaushal, Surguja division Commissioner Reeta Shandilya, Inspector General of Police Himashu Gupta and Police Superintendent RS Nayak inspected the flood-hit areas in Mainpat.


Commissioner Shandilya directed the concerned department officials to make necessary arrangements for the flood-affected people.
The Commissioner ordered PWD officials to prepare a rafta near damaged bridge as early as possible.