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Gap yet to be bridged

THE famous Curzon Bridge has been reopened after a gap of about 15 years. But, the basic facility of pavements has not been provided on the bridge. In the absence of this facility pedestrians are facing inconvenience.

india Updated: Jun 16, 2006 00:04 IST

Curzon Bridge reopened sans pavements

THE famous Curzon Bridge has been reopened after a gap of about 15 years. But, the basic facility of pavements has not been provided on the bridge. In the absence of this facility pedestrians are facing inconvenience.

Earlier, when the bridge was in operation, there were 2-fit pavements on both sides of the bridge and the pedestrians were using them without any problem.

This time round, the bridge has been opened only after the intervention of the Allahabad High Court. The bridge was opened with much fanfare but sans the basic amenity, which was a boon, especially for those who used to stroll in mornings and evenings. The people are surprised as to how the authorities concerned ignored the facility of pavements.

Obviously, the people are not in a position to muster courage to cross the bridge on foot as any speeding four-wheeler or two-wheeler may hit them. If pavements are not constructed soon, some people are bound to fall prey to officials' apathy.

Meanwhile, social activist Anand Mohan, who had filed a PIL in the Allahabad High Court, requesting for reopening of the bridge, has expressed deep concern and shock for not intimating or inviting him to attend the function of formal re-opening of the Curzon Bridge on June 10. The bridge was formally reopened in the presence of several dignitaries and officials by a minister of the state.

Anand Mohan told HT Live that he had been making efforts for over a decade to bring the bridge in use again. He claimed that the bridge, which was built by the British, was still stronger than several other bridges which were in operation currently.

He claimed that the decision to reopen the bridge was taken following his demand at different meetings of the then monitoring committee appointed by the High Court.

Mohan said only about a month ago, when the road on the bridge was being constructed, he visited the site. He said that he found that old stones, which were removed earlier, were being used again. He also said that he enquired about the pavements disclosing his identity. Not only this, he also took some photographs, of the under-construction bridge road and the adjoining areas. He said this might have created an apprehension amongst the officials and they kept him away from the inaugural ceremony.