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Traffic hit as bridge across TB canal collapses

M. Ahiraj
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The bridge that collapsed in Bellary district on Sunday affecting traffic on NH 63.
The bridge that collapsed in Bellary district on Sunday affecting traffic on NH 63.

The nearly 50-year-old concrete bridge across the Tungabhadra high-level canal, on National Highway 63, near Torangal, collapsed on Sunday. There were no casualties.

The shrinking of the foundation at the Torangal end is believed to have resulted in the bridge collapsing.

Stranded

Movement of vehicular traffic between Hospet and Torangal-Bellary was affected and a large number of heavy vehicles, carrying iron ore, steel from JSW Steel and other goods, were stranded on either side.

Two girders measuring about 20 ft at the Torangal end have collapsed.

The police have diverted vehicular traffic from Bellary heading towards Hospet, at Kudtini via Daroji and Kamalapur.

Light vehicular traffic from Hospet towards Torangal and Bellary have been diverted at Kurekuppa using the canal road.


  • There were no casualties as the 50-year-old bridge falls

  • Shrinking of the foundation at Torangal end is believed to be the cause


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