Security pillar of abutment of Ramjhula bridge in Rishikesh collapsed, movement of two wheelers stopped

The bridge is in danger due to soil erosion, tourists are disappointed due to stoppage of movement on the bridge, increased load on Janaki Setu

Rishikesh. The safety buttress of the abutment of the Ramjhula bridge collapsed due to the surge of the Ganges. The bridge is at risk due to erosion of the surrounding soil. PWD and police officials hurriedly stopped the movement on Ramjhula bridge in view of the safety of the tourists. PWD experts reached the spot and carried out the investigation. After this the bridge was opened for pedestrian movement.
In the early hours of Thursday, erosion of the soil near the safety wall of the abutment of the Ramjhula bridge started due to the surge of the Ganga. When the information about the wall collapse reached the police, the SDM Narendra Nagar was immediately informed. He instructed to immediately ban traffic on the suspension bridge. A team of engineers from PWD’s Narendra Nagar division reached the spot and was asked to investigate. At around 8.15 am, the Munikireti police restricted traffic on the Ramjhula bridge by placing barricades. Meanwhile, PWD Executive Engineer Ashutosh arrived with a team of engineers. He checked the abutment, it was found that the abutment is secure for the time being. The buttress made only for protection has been damaged by soil erosion. SDM Devendra Singh Negi told that the bridge was opened for pedestrian movement around 11 am. The movement of two-wheelers has been restricted as a precautionary measure. Told that the PWD has started the repair work.
After the ban on Ramjhula bridge, movement of two-wheelers is being done from Janaki bridge. Janaki bridge is also relatively wide. These days the number of tourists is also less. Due to this, people will not face any problem in coming and going to Swargashram-Laxmanjhula by crossing the Janaki bridge.

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