Kollur-Huvinadagi bridge thrown open to traffic

The Kollur-Huvinadagi bridge which is now free of overflowing water.

The Kollur-Huvinadagi bridge which is now free of overflowing water.  

The bridge may submerge if outflow crosses 2 lakh cusecs

The Krishna river again started receiving water on Wednesday when officials of Krishna Bhagya Jala Nigama Limited raised discharge up to 1.24 lakh cusecs from 84,000 cusecs after Basavasagar reservoir in Narayanpur in Hunsagi taluk of Yadgir district received 1.10 lakh cusecs from Alamatti dam.

According to officials, the action came after there was high inflow into the reservoir.

The water level in the reservoir now stands at 491.97 m against full reservoir level of 492.25 m. Officials have opened 14 gates to discharge water.

After a nearly 30-hour closure, the bridge between Kollur and Huvinadagi across the Krishna was thrown open to traffic movement on Tuesday night.

Confirming this, Manjunath, tahsildar of Deodurg, told The Hindu that vehicles were allowed to use the bridge after water flow reduced.

Vehicle owners who were using the alternative route via Surpur to reach Deodurg and Raichur from Kalaburagi were happy to avoid the circuitous 70-km stretch to reach Deodurg.

“We used the bridge to go to Deodurg from Shahpur transporting goods and other essential material. But, we faced difficulties after the bridge was closed as it came under the Krishna waters for the last nearly 30 hours. Now, we are happy to take the direct route to reach Deodurg,” a driver of a goods vehicle said.

The alert issued by the authorities cautioning residents living in villages on the banks of the Krishna will continue to be in force till further orders.

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