WAPDA completes bridge over Jhelum

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The Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) has completed Dhan Gali Bridge with a cost of Rs. 1.012 billion across the River Jhelum, in the upper reaches of Mangla Reservoir, about 45 kilometers from Rawat at Islamabad-Dudial Road. A press statement issued here on Monday said that after completion of the approach roads, the bridge would be opened for traffic by the end of June 2011.
Dhan Gali Bridge is a part of compensation and resettlement package of Mangla Dam Raising Project. WAPDA started its construction in November 2008. It is a pre-stressed post-tensioned balanced cantilever box girder bridge with a total length of 1116 feet. The bridge is to accommodate two lanes with its roadway width of 28 feet.
The statement quoted Mangla Dam Raising Project GM Rashid Ali Bangash as saying that the construction of the bridge would open a new era of accelerated development for the entire region. He said the bridge would reduce distance between Dudial and Islamabad by 125 kilometres.