Defying government orders: People remove barricades, cross the dangerous Danyore Bridge

Published: September 9, 2012
The 510-feet-long bridge was suspended for traffic after being declared unsafe. PHOTO: SHABBIR MIR/EXPRESS

The 510-feet-long bridge was suspended for traffic after being declared unsafe. PHOTO: SHABBIR MIR/EXPRESS


Despite being blocked for traffic, passengers travelling from Danyore to Gilgit forced their way through the dilapidated Danyore Bridge on Saturday, risking their lives on the suspension bridge that was declared unsafe for travelling earlier. However, it was shut down once again when authorities found out about it three hours later.

The 510-feet-long bridge that connects Danyore to the capital city of the mountain region was shut down for traffic on July 24 after a team of engineers inspected it and declared it unsafe for traffic. According to an official at the Gilgit Control Room, no decision had been made to resume traffic since then.

However, defying government orders, people removed the barriers and started using the bridge which has been weakened by heavy traffic.

“We want the authorities to know that the bridge is important to us and it should be repaired,” said one of the passengers while criticising the delay in repair work.

Dubbed as “Pul-e-Sirat”, the bridge connects to a 10-metre curved tunnel that tests a driver’s nerve more than his skills as an abrupt stop can leave a vehicle stranded in the middle of the stream. It was built around 40 years ago, and has served as the only route to Gilgit for thousands of people in Danyore, Bagrote and Jalalabad after the China Bridge collapsed four years back. Currently an alternate bridge, built four months back near the former China Bridge, is the only link to the capital city.

Correction: An earlier version of this article misspelt Danyore as Damyore. It has been corrected.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 9th, 2012. 

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Reader Comments (2)

  • Karim
    Sep 10, 2012 - 12:20PM

    kindly correct it……..its Danyore instead of Damyore…


  • Irfan
    Sep 10, 2012 - 5:01PM

    While the bridge was shut down in July 24, no work was being carried out to repair or restore it. The agitation of people is quite understandable. The importance of Danyore bridge has been highlighted by reporter. The other route that connects Gilgit with Danyore and its surrounding cities, is a mess. the construction of RCC bridge near hanging bridge has long been delayed. The same is true for bridge that was to be enacted in place of China Bridge. In downtown cities of Pakistan, such a workscope takes no more than months to complete, but in our case more than 5 years have elapsed since the work started on these bridges. The people of the area, are the major sufferers.Recommend

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