Salvage ship hits Buriganga bridge, vehicular movement suspended...

Dhaka, Wednesday   12 August 2020

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Salvage ship hits Buriganga bridge, vehicular movement suspended

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 10:57 AM, 30 June 2020   Updated: 01:46 PM, 30 June 2020

The salvage ship "Ptattay" faced an accident by hitting the First Bangladesh-China Friendship (Buriganga-1) bridge at Postogola in the capital while going to rescue the capsized launch on the Buriganga River. As a crack developed in the bridge after being hit, vehicular movement on one side of the bridge had been temporarily suspended since Monday evening. Later, the vehicle movement has been totally suspended at night. 

Sabuj Uddin Khan, additional chief engineer (Dhaka Zone) of Roads and Highway Department (RHD), said that traffic movement has been suspended as a crack developed in the bridge. The further measure will be taken today after experts visit the site. 

On Monday morning, a launch capsized in the Buriganga river after being hit by another launch. On information, the salvage ship of Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) was going towards Sadarghat Launch Terminal from Narayanganj to rescue the capsized launch. 

However, the rescue ship could not cross the bridge as the height of the ship did not permit it to cross the bridge built. Accidently, it hit the bridge. The master of the salvage launch wanted to reach the accident spot as early as possible. So he might have made the mistake.