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Footbridges over Salt Lake canal

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Six footbridges installed across the Eastern Drainage Canal over the weekend will connect Salt Lake with Nicco Park, Sukantanagar and the Chingrighata intersection on EM Bypass.

The footbridges have come up near the new bridge that connects First Cross Road to the Salt Lake Bypass near the CRPF camp, near Kendriya Vidyalaya No. II and near Shilpangan Light Engineering Park in LB Block. Three more will be built along the stretch till SA block, the officer said.

The new bridges are expected to be opened in the next two weeks.

The prefabricated iron structures were placed across the canal by two cranes that worked in tandem to place them on the bases sunk into the banks of the canal.

Workers equipped with two heavy-duty cranes manoeuvred the bridges to their bases and fixed large bolts to fix their positions on Monday.

The bridges are not yet fit for crossing over from on side to the other. The steps leading to them will be fixed next, an engineer overseeing the operation said. “We will run fitness and load tests on the bridges after the stairs are joined. They will be opened to people once they are deemed completely safe,” the engineer said.

The decision to build new bridges over the canal came after a survey carried out by the irrigation and waterways department found two older bridges in poor shape.

“The old bridges are getting increasingly risky. So we will replace them with newer ones,” an official said.

The new bridges are made of pre-fabricated iron units joined and bolted with each other to form walkways. These structures are expected to last longer than the existing brick-and-mortar bridges, the official said.

Pedestrian channels have been created on the banks of the canal. “People often crowd the approach to the old bridges and even cross them on bikes and bicycles,” the official said.

The bank of the canal on the Salt Lake side has been beautified by the urban development department. Grass beds have been laid, a walkway built using interlocking tiles and high-mast, LED and trident lights installed.

But shanties have already come up on the beautified stretch near the SN Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences. “The corporation must evict the encroachers,” said Agniva Das of EE Block.

Source: The Telegraph

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