OUR STAFF REPORTER LAHORE Wapda on Monday completed Dhan Gali Bridge with a cost of Rs 1.012 billion across the River Jhelum in upper reaches of Mangla reservoir, about 45 kms from Rawat at Islamabad-Dudial Road. After completion of the approach roads, the bridge is likely to be opened for traffic by the end of June 2011, the statement said. According to the Wapda, Dhan Gali Bridge is a part of compensation and resettlement package of Mangla Dam Raising Project. WAPDA had started its construction in Nov 2008 and completed the bridge in two and a half years. 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. While briefing about Dhan Gali Bridge, Mangla Dam Raising Project General Manager Rashid Ali Bangash said that construction of the bridge would open a new era of accelerated development for the entire region, as the bridge will provide an all-weather and all-traffic facility. Not only the distance between Dudial and Islamabad is reduced by 125 kilometers but a minimum of two to three hours travel time is saved, he added. Wapda said that it is spending Rs 12 billion on resettlement works for affectees of Mangla Dam Raising Project. These include construction of New Mirpur City and four satellite towns near Islam Garh, Chaksawari, Dudial and Siakh having all the civic amenities of the modern days; Mirpur by-pass, New Bong Canal Bridge and Dhan Gali Bridge etc. In addition, Wapda had already completed the payment of total compensation amounting to Rs 52 billion for affectees of the Mangla Dam Raising Project, apart from any genuine cases left.