Clearance of bridge wreckage demanded

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Clearance of bridge wreckage demanded

LAHORE - Wreckage of the fallen pedestrian bridge along the Canal Road has become a major irritant for the Punjab University (PU) students as the local authorities have failed to clear the rubble even after lapse of over a month.

The huge split-arm of the over-head pedestrian bridge, which was fallen due to the collision of a truck in the wee hours of December 22, 2012, has been placed in front of the gates of IBA and other departments, which creates traffic nuisance, particularly in the afternoon when the students leave for their homes.

Kashaf Khan, a Space Science student, while talking to APP, criticized the local authorities for placing the wreckage in front of the entrance for departments.

She also flayed the government for not repairing or rebuilding the bridge despite the lapse of a month, which had disconnected the university hostels and academic departments.

"I have to walk for some two kilometers to reach my department by using the Hailey College pedestrian bridge in the chilling cold every morning", she added.

Fareena and Qandeel of the Mass Communication Department said it had become dangerous for the students who have to stand to stand on the road due to the presence of the wreckage along it. Qandeel said "We sometimes miss the bus and have to wait for the public transport as students are off-sighted by the wreckage", she complained.

Fareena said Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif should also pay attention to the problems faced by the students and commuters rather than turning the whole city into a dump of rubble.



PU spokesperson Isar Rana told APP Sunday that the university had written to local authorities to reconstruct the over-head bridge and clear the wreckage but no step had yet been taken by the local administration. Director, Urban Development, Lahore Development Authority (LDA), Muhammad Israr said that the work was underway on the reconstruction of the bridge at a cost of Rs 11.4 million.

The LDA Director said that the authorities were aware of the problems faced by the students and commuters, adding that all technical requirements had been completed for the installation of the broken part of the bridge and it would become operational during the month of February.


Courtesy: The Nation


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