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NEW OPENING: Thousands of sand bags piled up to reinforce the repaired section of the new Amaravathy bridge.
NEW OPENING: Thousands of sand bags piled up to reinforce the repaired section of the new Amaravathy bridge.

Staff Reporter

Temporary repair works carried out at a cost of Rs.4.5 lakh

KARUR: All is set for resumption of vehicular traffic on the new Amaravathy bridge here on Thursday. The damage to the bridge during the floods and the subsequent order of the Chief Minister in effecting a Government takeover, had brought the bridge into continued focus. Traffic had remained suspended since November 25 last on the bridge. Now, all vehicles could ply on the bridge without paying any toll.

The State Government had cancelled the BOT agreement with a private firm that had constructed the bridge and handed it over to the Highways department on December 19 for carrying out necessary repair works and make the bridge fit for traffic. The Highways Department carried out repairs including sand piling beneath the damaged approach road, using over 30,000 sand bags. The temporary works currently completed, had resulted in an expenditure of Rs. 4.5 lakh.

The works, which began on December 24, continued day and night and all immediate works have been completed and load tests conducted at potentially vulnerable pointsOver 30,000 sand bags have been piled up for a length of 22 metres.

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