Uttarakhand

Rishikesh: CM Dhami inspects Ranipokhari motor bridge, alternate route will be ready in five days

CM Pushkar Singh Dhami inspected the bridge over the Jakhan river that collapsed on August 27 in Rishikesh’s Ranipokhari on Monday.  He inquired about the damage caused to the bridge from the officials.  During this, the Chief Minister said that the construction of the new bridge would be started within four months.  At present, the construction of an alternate route for traffic is being started soon.

For this, the process of tender will be simplified by bringing a mandate.  If anyone is found guilty in the investigation of the bridge damage case, strict action will be taken against him.

Former CM Trivendra Singh Rawat also took stock:

Former Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat also took stock of the broken part of Ranipokhari bridge on Monday.  At the same time, the District Magistrate also reached for the inspection of the bridge.  The officials told the district magistrate that river training has been banned by the court.

Illegal mining in rivers is becoming a threat to bridges:

Nearby bridges are being damaged due to mining in Jakhan, Saung, Bidalna and Chandrabhaga rivers.  In fact, the concerned departments go to sleep peacefully by issuing mining leases.  Due to which illegal mining in rivers at night also goes on in full swing.  The place where the motor bridge collapsed in the Jakhan river is in the Thana range upstream.  Downstream is in the Barkot range.

The mining lease was issued on January 2020, 200 meters below the Barkot range.  Local people allege that illegal mining is also taking place here along with valid leases.  Mining is done in Gular Ghati, Buxarwala-Kaluwala, Majri and Dharmuchak in Saung river.  Mining is done on behalf of Forest Development Corporation Dehradun at Ranipokhari (near petrol pump), Bhogpur in Jakhan river.  Mining leases are not issued in Bidalna river.  But here mining is done with tractor-trolley at night.

Sometimes the forest department catches one or two tractors, illegal mining is done in the Chandrabhaga river in Rishikesh from Chorpani to the banks of Chandeshwarnagar.  Here overnight the river sand from horse mules is dumped in the dumping zone of the gravel building material supplier.  The Forest Department and Irrigation Department issue mining leases.  But after this the officials do not bother to peek at the mining site.  In such a situation, the miners use sand and gravel in the desired manner.

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