Staff Correspondent

It will link taluk and district headquarters to many villages

BIJAPUR: The bridge across the Don river near Kanmuchnal village in the taluk is likely to be thrown open to traffic by August-end.

Except for approach roads, most of the works are over. The Karnataka Road Development Corporation Ltd. had entrusted the work to Nagarjuna Constructions Ltd. The 80-metre-long bridge is being built at a cost of Rs. 3.5 crore. Once completed, the bridge will be a vital link to many villages in Babaleshwar hobli, including Kanmuchnal.

Whenever the Don is in spate, these villages are cut off from Bijapur. After persistent demand, the Public Works Department planned a low-level bridge at a cost of Rs. 1.5 crore. However, villagers insisted on a more viable bridge, and it was a major issue during the previous Assembly elections.

The Tikota MLA, M.B. Patil, who was instrumental in getting the high-level bridge sanctioned, visited the worksite along with zilla panchayat president Arjun Rathod on Saturday. KRDCL executive engineer Anand Kulkarni said all the works including approach roads would be completed within three months.

Bijapur APMC directors Shrishail Patil, Thammanna Hangaragi and Siddanna Sakri were present.