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Residents blame corporation for pedestrian bridge collapse

Key link:A side wall of the bridge near the Duraiswamy subway collapsed on May 30. —Photo: S.R. Raghunathan

Key link:A side wall of the bridge near the Duraiswamy subway collapsed on May 30. —Photo: S.R. Raghunathan  

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Over two weeks after the collapse of the pedestrian bridge at the Duraisamy subway on May 30, residents are unhappy at the Corporation’s attitude towards its maintenance, which they say is responsible for the incident. The pedestrian bridge linking Rameswaram Street with Mambalam High Road was being expanded by a contractor engaged by the civic body when it collapsed, injuring workers.

S. Mohan, a resident of M.S. Salai, said the walkover bridge had helped pedestrians cross easily without getting caught in traffic congestion. But with the collapse of the bridge, cyclists and pedestrians are forced to take a detour via the subway or the congested Duraisamy Road.

The members of T. Nagar Residents’ Welfare Association questioned the need for expanding the pedestrian bridge which was in good shape. They wondered what was the need for taking up this work urgently when there was no demand from residents of the area.

The association members also said the civic body is yet to respond to a Right to Information Act (RTI) plea seeking reasons for the widening of the walkover bridge.

A senior official of the civic body said the pedestrian bridge measuring three metres was to be widened to five metres based on feedback received from motorists about autorickshaws entering the bridge and blocking traffic.

“The pedestrian bridge was increasingly used by autos which posed a danger to the pedestrians and cyclists. So, the bridge running parallel to the railway track was proposed to be widened. The widening of the pedestrian bridge which was to cost Rs. 65 lakh involved replacing the old structure with a precast concrete one,” he said.

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