Bridge collapses hours before inspection by minister

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Tiruchirapalli, Apr 11 (UNI) One person was injured when four girders, placed atop the piers put up for a new bridge across the Upparu near here for the Tiruchirapalli-Chennai four-lane highway project, collapsed.

The incident took place hours before Union Minister for Shipping, Road Transport and Highways T R Baalu was scheduled to inspect the progress of the works on the four-lane project on the stretch.

NHAI sources said the concrete girders, each weighing about 120 tonne, were erected atop the piers a few days back. The girders would support the deck slabs and enable equal distribution of weight. Work on laying the deck slabs were about to commence in a day or two. One of the girders slipped from its position leading to a chain reaction this morning.

The injured Sarkar (25), who was at the construction site, sustained minor injuries. He was rushed to a hospital near here.

Talking to newspersons here last night, Mr Baalu said he had advised the officials concerned to take more care before undertaking such works in the future.

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