The concrete railings of the 49-year-old bridge across the northern branch of the Cauvery on the Bangalore-Mysore highway near Srirangapatna have been damaged, posing danger to motorists and pedestrians.
Though thousands of vehicles ply every day on this major highway, the authorities have not taken any steps to repair the railings.
This is not the first time the railings of the bridge, which was thrown open to public on May 20, 1964, have been damaged. Officials in the Police Department in Srirangapatna said repairs were carried out on earlier occasions. A decade ago, the Public Works Department (PWD) constructed a parallel bridge and the bridges function like two carriageways of the highway.
“Some portions of the railings fell into the river a few months ago. The Police Department then requested the Srirangapatna taluk administration to carry out repairs,” a senior police officer told The Hindu on Tuesday.
A Revenue Department official said the department may request the Police Department to impose a ban on the movements of heavy vehicles on the bridge to prevent further damage to the structure.
Malini Nagaraj of Anekere Beedhi in Srirangapatna, a frequent commuter on the highway, said repeated requests to the authorities to carryout repairs had fallen on deaf ears.
However, S.N. Mahadeva, Srirangapatna tahsildar, said the issue would be taken up with authorities in the PWD and the Irrigation Department.