Unabated mining weakens base of a bridge on the Sutlej river

In Anandpur Sahib, Punjab, a km-long Agampur bridge on the Sutlej river is on the verge of collapse due to illegal mining taking place near the bridge for years. One of the piers of the bridge has shifted by a foot while another by a few inches away. The unabated illegal mining near the bridge lowered the riverbed, leading to increased flow of river water which washed away sand around the piers. The issue was reported to the Public Works Department, when around six out of 32 piers was removed, but nothing has been done after that till date.

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