A part of the Soan Bridge, which is still under construction, the bridge collapsed on Monday near the Rawalpindi Bench of the Lahore High Court, raising questions about the quality of the building. Heavy rains that produced landslides that flooded the Soan River were blamed for the bridge collapsed.
Fortunately, there were no casualties or reported injuries. The bridge fall significantly backed up traffic on GT Road. To reduce traffic congestion, the National Highway Authority (NHA) gave the Frontier Works Organisation (FWO) the project to lengthen the bridge by 20 feet on both sides. This programme is a component of a bigger Rs. 8 billion road development project that runs from Kutchery Chowk to T-Chowk Rawat.
The City Traffic Police blocked the damaged bridge to control the situation. They diverted traffic from Rawat to Rawalpindi via alternate routes. Officers from the district government went to the location and carefully observed the situation. CTO Taimoor Khan arrived at the scene with a team of municipal officers and ordered to close the bridge.
The authorities sent An expert team to look into what caused the fall. Commissioner Liaquat Ali Chatha said the federal government funded the project through the NHA. Early indications point to design flaws as the cause of the collapse. He has overseen an investigation at the municipal level.
The commissioner then examined the area with representatives from the NHA and FWO, stressing the urgent need for repairs to return the bridge to its operable status.