They are forced to travel about 10 km to reach the town
Hundreds of people are put to hardship due to inordinate delay in the construction of new bridge across Nagavali River in Srikakulam town. It is a nightmare for residents of Ponnada, Tepparevu, Totapalem, Bontala Kondur and Dharmavaram as they are forced to travel around 10 km to reach the town. During Rajiv Pallebata programme, former chief minister Y.S. Rajasekhar Reddy assured that the government would look into their problems.
Initially, it was proposed to construct a footbridge on the river but Roads and Buildings department expressed concern over the structural stability during floods.
Later, the government has accepted proposal to construct a new bridge between Ponnada and Collector's bungalow at an estimated cost of Rs.27 crore.
The officials have also agreed that a new bridge was a must as the existing old bridge constructed in 1854 had become unfit for movement of heavy vehicles. The existing old bridge constructed during British regime is still being used for light motor vehicles apart from pedestrians though the locals feared that it may collapse at any time.
“The government should construct the new bridge in the existing area instead of proposing at Ponnada and Collector's bungalow. Hundreds of people in and around Gujaratipeta travel on the old bridge every day,” said Jami Bhima Shankara Rao, secretary of Telugu Desam Party district unit.
However, district Collector N. Srikant said there was no need for two bridges since bridge at Ponnada would be sufficient to cater the needs of all the villagers apart from residents of town.
“The government is keen on construction of the new bridge. Construction process will begin once the administrative sanction is given,” said Mr. Srikant while talking to The Hindu.