Thursday, March 4, 2010

Reopening of bridge postponed

Kozhikode: A tense situation prevailed for a while on Thursday morning during the opening of the Korapuzha bridge on National Highway No.17, which was closed for repairs, after local people objected to the opening on grounds that hairline cracks had developed on some portions of the repaired bridge.

This occurred soon after heavy vehicles started plying across the bridge in the morning. Incidentally, only 65 per cent of the repairs were completed until Thursday.

A posse of police personnel led by Nadakkavu Circle Inspector Jaison K. Abraham and Koyilandy Circle Inspector M.P. Premadas pacified the agitated crowd, which had gathered on the bridge from 8 a.m. They demanded that the District Collector inspect the bridge.

The problem was solved after Collector P.B. Salim arrived at the site at 3 p.m. He said all repair works would be completed by March 9 and the bridge would be opened on March 10.

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