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India: Kuno river bridge collapses 3 months after construction

Staff Writer |
Times of India reported that touted as a vikas model, a INR 7.78 crore ($1 million) bridge on Kuno river collapsed in first heavy rain that triggered flooding on Saturday evening.

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A half-kilometre portion of the bridge washed away in Pohri tehsil of Shivpuri district in less than three months after the bridge’s inauguration. Almost all rivers, including Kuno, Chambal and Seep in Shivpuri and neighbouring Sheopur district were in spate in the wake of torrential rains in the region. District administration sources in Shivpuri said more than 500 small houses collapsed in the rural areas of the district.

A 1-year-old toddler was also feared dead after he was washed away in a swollen water body. More than 150 people were rescued from several villages.

The bridge on Kuno river was dedicated to people on June 29 this year by the Union minister Narendra Singh Tomar. He had then said the bridge, constructed at a cost of Rs 778 lakh connecting Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, was an example of government’s commitment to development.

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