M.K. Raghavan, MP, has said that a new bridge must be built across the Korappuzha. In separate letters to the Union Surface Transport Minister, the Chief Minister, and the State Public Works Minister, he said the demand was being made in view of recent media reports that the old bridge had become weak.
Mr. Raghavan said that though repairs were carried out on the bridge last year, they wore out in three months. The site for the new bridge had been identified 41 metres to the west of the existing bridge. The bridge was to be 220 metres long and 10.5 metres wide. A narrow approach road was being cited as a hindrance.
An amount of Rs.35 crore had been earmarked in the annual Plan for 2013-14 for the construction of the new bridge and Rs.22 crore for land acquisition. The delay in execution of the project would increase the risk of accidents, said Mr. Raghavan.