Special Correspondent

Thiruvananthapuram: The Venduruthy Bridge will be repaired and opened to traffic within two months. This was decided at a meeting of those concerned here on Tuesday, with Chief Minister V.S. Achutha- nandan in the chair.

The meeting decided that the Cochin Port Trust would carry out the repairs.

The trust and the Government would conduct separate inquiries into the damage caused to it when a dredger hit the structure.

Steps would be taken to realise the loss to the bridge from the shipping company. The vessel would be returned only after payment of compen- sation. The meeting also decided to speed up the construction of the new bridge.

Minister for Public Works T.U. Kuruvilla; port trust Chairman N. Ramachandran; railway divisional manager S. Vijayakumaran; Rear Admiral Rajender Singh of the Southern Naval Command; and Principal Secretary Mathew C. Kunnumkal attended the meeting.