Tiruchirapalli

One more pier of old Kollidam bridge washed away

The old steel girder bridge across the Kollidam in Tiruchi on Tuesday.

The old steel girder bridge across the Kollidam in Tiruchi on Tuesday. | Photo Credit: M. Srinath

One more pier of the old steel girder bridge across the Kollidam river in the city was washed away on Tuesday due to the heavy flow of water.

According to sources, the 17 th pier of the damaged bridge in disuse caved in due to strong water current.

On information, Collector M. Pradeep Kumar, along with the officials of the Highways Department, visited the spot.

The bridge, built around 90 years ago, had been in disuse after a new bridge was constructed and opened for traffic in February 2016. A portion of the bridge went down gradually due to strong water, following the discharge of about 1.5 lakh cusecs of water into the Kollidam river in 2018. The 18 th, 19 th and 20 th piers were subsequently washed away.

Mr. Kumar said that the bridge would be dismantled after the flow in the Kollidam river came down. The washing away of one more pier would not affect the adjacent new bridge, he said.


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