Lakjung-Disket Bridge construction to commence following technical clearance
Shatse-Taknak Bridge Design Undergoes Geological and Hydrological Studies
Leh: The Public Works Department (PWD) of Ladakh has given the green light for the construction of the Lakjung-Disket road bridge in Nubra Valley after technical approval from IIT Bombay Friday.
The PWD has instructed the concerned agency to resume work at the originally proposed site, after consultations with technical experts from IIT Bombay who have recommended construction at the original site due to technical reasons.
It is important to note that the bridge was already sanctioned and allotted, but work was stalled due to demands to shift the site. In addition, IIT Bombay has suggested conducting fresh geological and hydrological surveys and revising the design for constructing the Shatse-Taknak bridge.
The Shatse-Taknak bridge was sanctioned in 2010 to connect 15 villages falling on this stretch, which could benefit a population of 2,800. Unfortunately, one of the pillars collapsed in 2016, and another pillar also collapsed last year after a storm, resulting in the death of two laborers.
To ensure the safety of the new construction, the UT administration has engaged IIT Bombay to provide technical support in designing the bridge and examining the causes of damage to the pillars. The final report is yet to be submitted by IIT Bombay.
The construction of the Lakjung-Disket road bridge will be a much-needed relief for the locals, and the PWD is committed to ensuring the highest standards of safety and quality during the construction process.