Pedestrian bridge collapses in Lahore, one killed

Published: June 28, 2012
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The pedestrian bridge had collapsed when a truck was passing under it. PHOTO: EXPRESS

The pedestrian bridge had collapsed when a truck was passing under it. PHOTO: EXPRESS

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.

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Reader Comments (11)

  • Oopsie!!
    Jun 28, 2012 - 1:41PM

    When they built it, credit goes to CM/govt, but when it collapses – its the Contractors’ fault! :)

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  • Rana
    Jun 28, 2012 - 2:13PM

    Very sad! Usage of overhead pedestrian bridges in not more than 2%!! 98% public prefers to cross through the traffic. A huge campaign is required to motivate the public.

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  • Atif Yousufzai
    Jun 28, 2012 - 2:16PM

    Mr. CM let’s have an auditing of the contractor followed by the auditing of Laptop Scheme, Sastee Rotee, Contracts given for Dengue Sprays and the deficit Punjab Govt is facing under your Leadership.

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  • BechariAwam
    Jun 28, 2012 - 2:40PM

    Mian Saab is this waht u call Development?
    Please stop playing with the lives of innocent citizens and wind up all those projects involving greater risks to the city and its residents but ‘cementing’ Rana Sana Ullah & Cos contractors

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  • Ramzan Bazaar
    Jun 28, 2012 - 2:46PM

    Sou Moto is warranted. My Lord, Hear Me!

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  • Jun 28, 2012 - 3:20PM

    another proof of punjab gov corruption.. they spend excessive money on all construction projects, take away their kickbacks, and the result is in front of you.

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  • Iram
    Jun 28, 2012 - 4:25PM

    CM Lahore, when you doesn’t give due time to contractors this kind of incidents will happen again and again.

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  • youth lahore
    Jun 28, 2012 - 6:10PM

    C M should be resign immeditely ..

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  • sana
    Jun 28, 2012 - 6:21PM

    dis is one of the reason i support PTI.

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  • Hassan
    Jun 28, 2012 - 7:47PM

    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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  • FDR
    Jun 28, 2012 - 10:41PM

    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.

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