Tamil Nadu

Cauvery bridge gleams under a flood of light

Lights erected on the newly built bridge across the Cauvery river on the Tiruchi-Chennai By-pass Road being tested on Tuesday. Photo: R.M. Rajarathinam

Lights erected on the newly built bridge across the Cauvery river on the Tiruchi-Chennai By-pass Road being tested on Tuesday. Photo: R.M. Rajarathinam   | Photo Credit: R.M. Rajarathinam

The newly built bridges across the Cauvery River on the Tiruchi-Chennai By-Pass Road, where the four-laning project is fast apace, gleamed under a flood of bright yellow light as the specially designed lighting system was tested on Tuesday.

The lights have been erected on corrosion and shock-proof glass reinforced polymer (GRP) poles with imported General Electric light fittings. Such lighting system is said to have been used on the Tiruchi-Padalur section of the Tiruchi-Chennai Highway for the first time in Tamil Nadu. Similar lighting system has been put up on the Bandra-Worli sea link, according to sources in the project concessionaire, Indu-Navayuga Infra Projects Private Ltd.

The sources said network of lights, with 600 watt sodium vapour lamps, were designed to ensure optimum energy efficiency. The number of GRP poles, required for the illuminating of the highway, would be much lesser in comparison to the conventional poles, it was said.

Normally galvanised poles are used but they require periodic maintenance. To add to the aesthetics, aviation lights have been fixed atop each poles, they said.

Similar lights would be erected wherever service lanes are laid on urban/semi-urban stretches of the 39 km long Tiruchi-Padalur section of the highway. As many as 529 such lights would be installed at 42 stretches including the major bridges. Already 250 such poles have been erected so far. The entire stretch between the Cauvery and Coleroon rivers on the Tiruchi-Chennai By-pass Road would be illuminated with such lights. Several stretches in the City including Ariyamangalam and Senthaneerpuram would get similar illumination once the four-lane project was complete.

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