They will provide access to islands in the backwaters of the Jurala project
Work has commenced on two of the three bridges proposed across the Krishna to provide access to the islands in the backwaters of the Jurala project in Raichur taluk.
Fifteen years ago, the State Government proposed constructing three bridges across the river to provide access to Naradagadda, Kurvakala and Kurvakurd islands that have been facing the threat of submersion after the Andhra Pradesh Government completed work on the Jurala project.
Thousands of devotees
Every year, thousands of devotees from Karnataka, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh visit Dattatreya Peetha at Kurvakala and Naradamuni Peetha and Chennabasawa temple at Naradagadda. People living on these islands as well as pilgrims are forced to use coracles to reach the islands.
The State Government had asked the Andhra Pradesh Government to release funds for the construction of three bridges — one between Dongarampur and Kurvakurd island, another between Atkoor and Kurvakala island and the last between Buradiad and Naradagadda island.
Accordingly, the Andhra Pradesh Government released about Rs. 31 crore in 2003 asking the State to complete the work soon.
However, the proposal was kept pending for a long time as the department concerned found some technical problems while finalising the locations for building the bridges.
Only in June last, the department finalised the locations pertaining to the bridges between Dongarampur and Kurvakurd island and Atkoor and Kurvakala island and obtained approval from the Government. But, work on the bridges was postponed again owing to the start of the monsoon.
Recently, the Public Works Department here finalised tenders at a cost of Rs. 7 crore pertaining to the bridge between Dongarampura and Kurvakurd and the bridge between Atkoor and Kurvakala at a cost of Rs. 14.24 crore.
Last week, the contractors concerned commenced work on these two bridges.
Work on the Dongarampur-Kurvakurd bridge is scheduled to be completed in a year, while it will take two years for the Atkoor-Kurvakla bridge to be completed.
Tenders finalised at a total cost of Rs. 21.24 crore Atkoor-Kurvakla bridge will be ready in two years
at a total cost
of Rs. 21.24 crore
Atkoor-Kurvakla bridge will be ready in two years