Karunanidhi makes an inspection of the bridge

The special lighting arrangement on the Napier Bridge was inaugurated by Deputy Chief Minister M.K.Stalin on Wednesday.

Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi made an inspection of the bridge later in the evening.

The Rs.1.62-crore special lighting effects gave an illusion of the bridge floating on the River. The lights and fixtures covered the outer arch, inner arch, edge, bottom, road and pedestrian pathways of the bridge.

The lighting arrangement was designed by Sydney-based firm LDP Lighting. As many as 464 special bulbs and light fixtures gave the illusion of a floating bridge.

The 149-metre-long bridge has 6 bowstrings and 2-metre-wide footpaths.

Napier, the governor of Madras Presidency, built the iron bridge across River Cooum in 1869. A new bridge was built in 1999 with a 10.5-metre-wide carriageway on the western side. The eastern side carriageway is 9.75 metre in width.

Food Minister E. V. Velu, Principal Secretary, Municipal Administration and Water Supply Department K. Ashok Vardhan Shetty, Mayor M. Subramanian and Corporation Commissioner Rajesh Lakhoni participated.