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One year since 24 people were killed in Surkhet when a newly built suspension bridge collapsed, the investigation report has not yet been published. Formed five days after the incident, the three-member committee submitted its report within 80 days. But like many other reports, the papers are gathering dust in the Home Ministry.

The investigation found that the bridge collapsed due to faulty construction. "We had proof that the bridge collapsed due to a technical weakness," says chairman of the investigative committee Donraj Regmi, "The bulldog grips weren't holding the poles tight enough. The grips were what gave way. The tower collapsed and the bridge caved into the river."

But the builders deny responsibility. They claim the DDC map was faulty and led to the discrepancy of the height of the towers. The builders say they only found out about this after they had set the grips in and stretched the cords. They added that the DDC had inspected the bridge and endorsed its safety.

While the DDC and builders point fingers at each other, relatives of the dead (pictured) are demanding those responsible be brought to justice. They blame both the DDC officials and engineers. The investigative committee has recommended the government take legal action against the builders, site managers and engineers.



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