Urban MLA Rowthu Suryaprakasa Rao says he is ready to lead an agitation to protect the historic Havelock Bridge across the Godavari.

In a message to the round-table organised by the Andhra Kesari Yuvajana Samiti (AKYS) Sunday, in which he could not participate, the MLA said that the structure constructed during the British regime is the life breath of the people of Rajahmundry. He said that MP Vundavalli Arun Kumar would find a solution to the issue by taking up the issue with Railway Board officials with the help of other MPs and Union Ministers.

Y.S. Narasimha Rao, historian and founder of AKYS, who addressed the conference, called upon the people to agitate in a phased manner. He said that technical and engineering experts had already said that there was no threat through the bridge was more than hundred years old.

Sannidhanam Sastry, president of AKYS, said they would organise a rally with the support of artists, writers, and voluntary organisations on June 25.

President of Chilakamarthi Foundation Perumalla Raghunath said he was ready to sit on hunger strike should the need arise.

Former Railway driver Kota Bala Bau, who drove different trains on the old bridge, said he was prepared to donate from his pension to the fund that would be collected for protection of the bridge.

Noted Telugu literary personality Y. Ramakrishna quoted the write-up of late Gandham Subrahmanyam, Editor of popular vernacular local daily Samacharam : “Indelible signature of time on the hearts of Rajahmundry residents…goodbye friend.”