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Hindustan-Tibet national highway restored by BRO
Shimla, May 23: The Border Roads Organisation has restored the Hindustan-Tibet national highway by constructing the 350-feet span Bailey bridge at Akpa, 240 kms from here.
The vital Akpa bridge, a lifeline of the tribal Kinnaur district, was one of the dozen major bridges which were completely washed away or badly damaged during the flash floods in Sutlej River, following breach in the Parachu lake in June last year.
The Ground Reserve Engineering Force (GREF), a BRO unit and engineering units of the Indian Army reconstructed all the damaged bridges. Akpa was the last major bridge left for restoration of normal vehicular traffic.
GREF had constructed a temporary bailey bridge at Akpa close to the river bed for vehicular traffic but it was not safe as the level of Sutlej was raising due to melting of glaciers in higher regions, chief engineer, BRO, K P Singh said.
The temporary bridge had been dismantled for future use and was replaced by the new bridge with a 9-tonne load capacity. The latter was constructed at a cost of Rs 1.5 crore, Singh added.
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