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Gabion retaining wall adjoining new Mashem bridge ‘tilts’

Canacona : A gabion retaining wall along the approach  road to the under-construction  Mashem bridge, work of which is almost 95 per cent complete, was found ‘dangerously tilted’ on Friday. 

The recent rainfall and faulty construction could have led to the tilting of the gabion wall, said the locals residing close to the bridge. 

The 60-metre long wall was seen tilted at the Mashem side at around 6 am on Friday, however, the bridge contractor hurried ‘removed’ the tilted portion to prevent further ‘damage,’ it is learnt.

The gabion walls are built now-a-days to prevent landslide along the roadsides, and soil erosion along the river banks. 

The gabion walls are built using galvanized iron (GI) wire mesh with double or triple twisting. 

The locals said that they have hardly seen any PWD officials at the bridge construction site while the work was being carried out in the past and even now.

Vishant Prabhu, a social activist, recalled how a girder of the bridge had vertically cracked and which was later rejected by the PWD.

He also recalled incident of the collapse of the wing wall of the overbridge at Char Rasta last year in the month of June. 

The bypass link, which was planned to connect Canacona to Mashem to reduce travel distance has already missed several deadlines since work  on it commenced in

2015. 

With the Chief Minister inspecting the  highway project work on June 5 and stating the probability of inauguration of the bypass link in July, the locals have appealed to the government to carry out structural stability test of the bridge before it is thrown open for the public use.

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