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September 5, 2007

Japanese team visits site of collapsed bridge

National

September 5, 2007

Karachi

A team from a Japanese structural engineering firm visited the collapsed Sher Shah bridge and inspected the site on Tuesday.

The National Highways Authority (NHA) had contacted six foreign structural engineering firms of developed countries and asked them to give their proposals either on construction of a new bridge at the place of collapsed bridge or suggest ways to repair the existing bridge.

It is learnt that NHA authorities had invited US, British, Japanese and Turkish construction firms immediately after the collapse of the bridge and asked them to inspect the fallen strcuture to suggest whether a new bridge should replace the existing one or if only the damaged portion should be reconstructed.

The three-member Japanese team was the first to arrive at the site of collapsed Shershah bridge and in their initial assessment, they cited a fault in the designing of the bridge as the main cause of its collapse within a few weeks of its inauguration.

However, a spokesman for the NHA, Kashif Zaman, told The News that the Japanese experts were not here to probe the causes of the collapse of the bridge. Rather, they had been invited to propose construction of a new bridge to repair of the existing one.

According to him, six leading structural engineering firms from the US, Britain, Japan, and Turkey, which were of very high repute in constructing major bridges in the world, would inspect the site and propose their designs, of which one would be selected after consultation.

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