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Ananda Bridge to open for traffic on October 27

S.P. Saravanan
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Road works, at a cost of Rs. 1.47 crore, was started on April 29

In full-swing:Works being carried out to lay approach roads to Ananda Bridge, in Salem on Monday.-PHOTO: P.GOUTHAM.
In full-swing:Works being carried out to lay approach roads to Ananda Bridge, in Salem on Monday.-PHOTO: P.GOUTHAM.

Clearing all hurdles, the much awaited Ananda Bridge, that connects Second Agraharam Road and Town Railway Station Road, is all set to open for public on October 27.

As part of River Thirumanimutharu River Improvement Project, the bridge was constructed during 2007 — 2010. But the laying of approach roads on both the sides could not be undertaken as land acquisition and financial constraints had put the project on hold for three years. This caused hardship for the road users as they are forced to take travel additional distance to reach the destination on either side of the bridge.

With increasing demand from the public to complete the work, the City Municipal Corporation took up the issue with the authorities concerned and obtained clearance. Finally, a sum of Rs. 4.25 crore was paid as paid as compensation to land owners for acquiring 10,343.75 sq.ft and approach road works, at a cost of Rs. 1.47 crore began on April 29. Work is currently on to lay mud and gravels that is expected to be completed in five days after which vehicles would be allowed. Corporation engineers said that vehicles would be allowed to use the bridge till Deepavali after which work would be undertaken to lay tar-topped road. After inauguration, the traffic management would be carried out by the city traffic police personnel.

"Both sides of the bridge would have attractive lamps”, they added. They also said that the decision of allowing of four-wheelers or heavy vehicles would be decided by the traffic police. The civic body would be charged with the maintenance of the bridge.

Work is nearing completion at the Gundu Podum Bridge and would be thrown open to public soon. This is one of the long-delayed projects undertaken by the civic body as it took more than seven years for completion, the officials said .

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