Nabarangpur Bridge Collapse: Asst Engineer Asit Patra Arrested

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Nabarangpur: Assistant Engineer Asit Patra was on Sunday arrested by the Umerkote Police in connection with the collapse of a bridge near Talapadar village in Nabarangpur district.

An FIR was lodged against the contractor, JE and AE after one person was killed, 3 others were injured in the mishap.

The under-construction bridge located at Talpadar in Umarkote block suddenly caved in when some workers were levelling the upper surface of the structure in the evening. The labourers were buried under a heap of concrete and iron rods.

One labourer, identified as Mahendra Mali, was killed while three others critically injured were admitted to a nearby hospital.

The bridge over Negi river was being built by a Bhubaneswar-based contractor under the Biju Setu Scheme of the Rural Development department. The bridge was scheduled to have been built at a cost of Rs 2.41 crore by March 2019 but the contractor missed the deadline, an official said.

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