Update: January 24, 2022 2:25 p.m. STI
Islamabad [Pakistan]Jan 24 (ANI): Despite numerous reminders, Pakistan’s National Highway Authority (NHA) failed to repair the damaged segment of Ayub Bridge in Havelian tehsil, according to local residents, DAWN reported.
The adjacent Langra Bridge is also susceptible to damage due to the huge volume of traffic.
Abbottabad, Galiyat, the Kaghan Valley and Pakistan-occupied Gilgit Baltistan are all connected to the rest of the country by the Ayub Bridge, which was erected over the Daur River on the Karakoram Highway in Havelian in the early 1970s.
When rains triggered flooding in the river in July 2021, the NHA was forced to divert traffic to the nearby Langra Bridge, which was designed for light traffic only.
Traffic on the main road was redirected to Langra Bridge after Ayub Bridge was closed, according to traffic officials, who added that around 5,000 cars cross Langra Bridge daily, causing regular traffic jams nearby and on deck.
“It takes about 30 minutes to an hour a day to cross the Langra Bridge due to congestion to reach the KKH via the old Havelian narrow road,” said Abdul Qadeer, a civil servant who travels daily by public transport. between Haripur and Abbottabad.
Abbas Shah, a local journalist, said the illegal excavation of sand and stone under Ayub Bridge may have caused damage to its structure.
“The bridge would have been protected from damage had the Department of Mines and Minerals and NHA officials intervened in a timely manner to stop the illegal activity,” (ANI)