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Historic Curzon Bridge re-opens for public

IT WAS a historic day for the people belonging to Allahabad when, after 16 years of closure, the historic Curzon Bridge at Teliarganj connecting Phaphamau was re-opened for the public on Saturday evening.

india Updated: Jun 12, 2006 00:11 IST

IT WAS a historic day for the people belonging to Allahabad when, after 16 years of closure, the historic Curzon Bridge at Teliarganj connecting Phaphamau was re-opened for the public on Saturday evening.

State Minister for Environment Ujjawal Raman Singh dedicated the renovated Curzon Bridge, built on the river Ganga, to the public at a programme.

Addressing the gathering, Singh said that lack of fund would not become an impediment in the development of Allahabad district.

He said that special package of Rs 400 crore would be provided to Allahabad for checking the pollution in Ganga and also for development of tourist places at Allahabad, on the pattern of development being carried out for Varanasi.

On this occasion, Singh expressed gratitude to the High Court, Allahabad for initiating the move to re-open this bridge.

Speaking on this occasion, Justice AK Yog, a senior Judge of the Allahabad High Court described the re-opening of Curzon Bridge as a great achievement.

He said that this bridge is one of the cultural monument of the city of Allahabad with 116 years of history. Justice Yog said that re-opening of the Bridge became a reality as a PIL was filed for this purpose at the High Court, Allahabad.

Lauding the importance of this bridge, Justice Yog quoted the novelist Ibne Safi, which had a reference of Curzon Bridge, as two of its character often met at the bridge.

Justice Yog said that the necessity of this bridge was felt when eastern portion of its adjoining bridge was damaged. He congratulated the engineers of PWD and district administration for completing the renovation of the bridge in record time.
On this occasion, Justice Prakash Krishna, a High Court Judge, also expressed happiness over the re-opening of the bridge. Commissioner of Allahabad Division, Dr Lalit Verma also lauded the High Court, Allahabad for initiating the matter and also for giving the important suggestions for renovation of the bridge.

Prominent among those present on this occasion included District Magistrate Amrit Abhijat, chief engineer of PWD Piyush Kumar, vice-chairman of ADA Rajaram Upadhyaya, SSP Vijay Singh Meena, Justice (retd) Sudhir Narain.