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Pathankot- Mandi NH road bridge on Chakki River Closed for traffic

ARVIND SHARMA | September 26, 2022 02:26 AM

DHARAMSALA: As it is raining continuously for the past two days in the area, the Chakki river bridge near Pathankot connecting HP by road on NH 154 of Pathankot –Mandi section, has been closed for traffic once again today.

In a letter written to DC Kangra at Dharamsala and DC Pathankot, Col. Anil Sen , Project director NHAI said that due to incessant rain the flow and volume of Chakki river has increased to its maximum damaging the garlanding work around pillar one and two foundation of Chakki road bridge. Hence it is requested to close the bridge for traffic with immediate effect citing the safety of the bridge and commuters.

This Chakki Highway bridge was closed earlier too on August 25 due to scouring of its foundation and has been reopened for light traffic, was reopened for two-wheelers and light passenger vehicles 18 days after it was closed for traffic due to a flood causing excessive scouring of its foundation on September 12 this year.

A colonial-era railway bridge on the Pathankot-Joginderngar narrow gauge line was also washed away on August 20 after multiple cloudbursts in the region caused flooding in the Chakki rivulet, while the highway bridge was closed for traffic.

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