Pedestrian bridge collapses in Lahore, one killed

Contractor taken into custody. Serious action to be taken if contractor's fault, says Shahbaz Sharif.


Web Desk June 28, 2012

LAHORE: One person was killed when a pedestrian bridge located on Ring Road in the Harbanspura area of Lahore collapsed on Thursday, Express News reported.

According to reports, the pedestrian bridge had collapsed when a truck was passing under it. The driver of the truck, identified as Rana Sajjad from Sargodha, passed away on the spot.

Traffic remained suspended on the road as a result of the collapse.

Chief Minister of Punjab Shahbaz Sharif later arrived on the site and spoke to the media. He said that the contractor had been taken into custody and that he will receive a report of the incident by evening today.

“If it is the contractor’s fault, serious action will be taken against him,” said Sharif.

Initial investigation report

The initial investigation report states that the contractor was responsible for the poor quality of the pedestrian bridge.

It states that it was constructed in a very short time, adding that the welding was not right and the bolts were weak.

COMMENTS (11)

FDR | 9 years ago | Reply

This is 100% the fault of the leadership for the unrealistic goals for the project. Doing something QUICK doesn't mean you're doing it RIGHT. Shame on the Punjab govt.

Hassan | 9 years ago | Reply

Something known in the world is "quality assurance team" - the party that hires the conractor (Govt in this case) assesses the quality of work being performed or completed before the project is declared as completed and payment made. CM cannot shift blame on contractor as the govt failed in assuring the required quality and safety standard.

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