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Saligramam bridge in need of repairs

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GCC cites fund crunch for the delay in reconstructing the collapsed portion of the bridge’s side wall

A stop-gap arrangement on a collapsed portion of a bridge’ side wall in Saligramam did not prove to be helpful. According to residents, the side wall got collapsed four months ago. After which the Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC), used wooden poles to fence the collapsed portion of the bridge’s side wall instead of reconstructing it. Only a month ago, the GCC made this quick-fix arrangement, say residents.

Following the recent spells of rain during the past few weeks, the wooden poles also got damaged and therefore they were removed and dumped on the road.

The level of water in the river is rising and passers-by peep into it at their own risk.

Residents are also concerned about the dilapidated pillars of the bridge. The narrow bridge lacks footpath. Vehicles including mini-lorries and garbage bins occupy a sizeable space of the bridge.

The bridge is built across Cooum river in Saligramam. It connects Krishna Street and Thiruvalluvar Street in Saligramam. The Greater Chennai Corporation officials, cite fund crunch for the delay in reconstructing the damaged portion of the bridge. However, the needful will be done to ensure that safety measures are in place.

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Printable version | Dec 16, 2019 6:16:02 PM | https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/chennai/saligramam-bridge-in-need-of-repairs/article29786040.ece

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