Tavaragera-Mahagaon road traffic stopped

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Low-lying bridge over Bennethora near Harsur on verge of collapse

On the brink:The damaged portion of the side wall of the low-lying bridge near Harsur in Gulbarga district.— PHOTO: ARUN KULKARNI
On the brink:The damaged portion of the side wall of the low-lying bridge near Harsur in Gulbarga district.— PHOTO: ARUN KULKARNI

The district administration has stopped the movement of traffic on the Tavaragera-Harsur-Mahagaon road because of the imminent threat of the collapse of a low-lying bridge over the Bennethora near Harsur in Chittapur taluk.

Traffic on National Highway 218 from Jewargi to Humnabad was diverted to the Tavaragera-Harsur-Mahagaon road in the first week of July following the weakening of the century-old stone masonry bridge across the Bennethora at Kurikota village.

Official sources told The Hindu here on Saturday that traffic has now been diverted via the Mahagaon-Kodli-Kaligi-Madbol route, in which the distance to Gulbarga is around 74 km, whereas the direct route from Mahagaon via Kurikota bridge to Gulbarga was only 25 km. The authorities have also suggested another alternative route of 58 km, from Mahagaon to Gulbarga via Chinchansur-Tajsultanpur. According to reports, most motorists preferred the Mahagaon-Kodli-Kaligi-Madbol road to reach Gulbarga rather than the Mahagaon-Chinchansur-Tajsultanpur road. Senior officials of the Irrigation Department said that the district administration has sanctioned Rs. 11 lakh for construction of a new bridge adjacent to the old bridge.

Work on constructing the new bridge and also repairing the existing bridge would be taken up in a couple of days.

“We hope to restore traffic on the low-lying bridge within a week after strengthening the damaged portion,” said a senior official of the department.

Meanwhile, repair work on the Kurikota bridge to strengthen two arches that had weakened due to cracks and a few stone slabs falling off, would begin on Monday morning. Assistant Executive Engineer of the National Highways Devidass Chavan told The Hindu that officials of Hyderabad-based Repcon Consultancy have already arrived at the spot to repair the damaged portion.

Mr. Chavan said according to officials of the firm, the repair work would be completed within a week, after which movement of light motor vehicles would be allowed.

  • Work on constructing a new bridge and repairing the exisiting one to start soon

  • District administration has sanctioned Rs. 11 lakh for a new bridge




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