Iron thieves chip away, British era bridge in Odisha collapses

A British era bridge over Singada rivulet on Angul-Chhendipada highway collapsed on Wednesday. 

Published: 19th March 2021 10:52 AM  |   Last Updated: 19th March 2021 10:52 AM   |  A+A-

The collapsed portion of the British era bridge over Singada rivulet | Express

By Express News Service

ANGUL: A British era bridge over Singada rivulet on Angul-Chhendipada highway collapsed on Wednesday.  The bridge, made of iron, was built in 1930. Locals said the bridge was abandoned after an alternate one was constructed. Taking advantage, miscreants started looting iron pillars of the old bridge. Several cases have been registered in the local police station in this regard.

There were no reports of any casualty as the bridge was declared unsafe and closed for traffic. The alternate bridge had come up near it years back. Blaming the negligence of the department concerned for the collapse of the iconic structure, locals alleged that the bridge became weak due to lack of maintenance and frequent theft of iron pillars.

“The bridge was taking all the pressure of traffic till the new one was constructed. Thereafter, there was no maintenance of the bridge and it became abandoned. Finally, thieves took away all the iron structures leading to its collapse,” alleged a local. Angul Sub-Collector Basudeb Satpathy said the bridge collapse had no impact on traffic movement. “We have registered several cases regarding the theft of iron structures of the bridge,” he added.


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp