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inconvenience: The weakened masonry arch culvert on the Waghdhari-Ripponpalli inter-State highway.
inconvenience: The weakened masonry arch culvert on the Waghdhari-Ripponpalli inter-State highway.

Special Correspondent

GULBARGA: Traffic on the Waghdhari-Ripponpalli inter-State highway, which passes through Gulbarga district and connects Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra, remained disrupted for the third day following the weakening of a masonry arch culvert near Sannur village.

The culvert, which was constructed with boulders during the Nizam’s period, had crumbled because of the weight of heavy vehicles. At least three of the seven arches were about to collapse.

The Public Works Department (PWD) has stopped the movement of vehicles on the culvert and diverted traffic via Sannur from the Gulbarga side and Madbol from the Sedam side.

Senior officials of the PWD told The Hindu that a detailed estimate of Rs. 10 lakh had been prepared for strengthening the culvert, and work would start in a couple of days.

The officials said it would take at least four months for the work to be completed.

Pipes are being laid for water from the stream to flow below the damaged culvert. A temporary road is also being laid. The work is expected to be completed in a few days.

The road is an important link connecting the three States.

It is also used by cement companies in Gulbarga district to transport goods to Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and other States.

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