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MC decides to put up 2 barriers on Jagraon Bridge entry points

Facing strong criticism after a height restriction barrier fell off the dilapidated Jagraon Bridge on Wednesday, the municipal corporation (MC) has now decided to install two barricades on its entry points to ensure no heavy vehicle enters the bridge.

punjab Updated: Jun 10, 2016 12:24 IST
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Vehicles crossing the Jagraon Bridge in Ludhiana on Thursday. Chaos was witnessed on the bridge after a barrier had fallen on a car on Wednesday.
Vehicles crossing the Jagraon Bridge in Ludhiana on Thursday. Chaos was witnessed on the bridge after a barrier had fallen on a car on Wednesday.(Sikander Singh Chopra/HT Photo)

Facing strong criticism after a height restriction barrier fell off the dilapidated Jagraon Bridge on Wednesday, the municipal corporation (MC) has now decided to install two barricades on its entry points to ensure no heavy vehicle enters the bridge.

Utter chaos was witnessed on the bridge on Wednesday after the barrier fell atop a Hyundai i20 car after it was hit by a Mahindra pickup.

Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria, other officials and some NGOs visited the spot on Thursday and decided to install the height restriction barriers on both entry points.

They also took stock of the corroded girders of this 127-year-old railway overbridge.

Gohalwaria said he would write to deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal to approach the ministry of railways for speedy its renovation.

“The bridge will be constructed again or renovated by the railway authorities, and we’ll cooperate with them,” he added.

He instructed the officials concerned to set up the height restriction barriers on both sides — Vishwakarma Chowk and Old GT Road — of the bridge. He added reflective tapes will also be put on to avoid mishaps during night.

As there is no proper barrier on one side of the bridge so far, the traffic police are doing away with just a wooden barrier.

Constructed in 1888, the girders of the Jagraon Bridge are now badly corroded with footpaths on both sides completely damaged. The height restrict barrier was installed in May. Several vehicles rammed into it multiple times a day, which had weakened it.

Ward 59 councillor Tanvir Singh Dhaliwal said the mayor inspected encroachments near the railway tracks and the directed to conduct a survey of the families living there, so they could be shifted to the flats meant for urban poor at Giaspura.

He added the railways authorities were planning to close the bridge during the rainy season.

Meanwhile, the railways bridge branch will inspect the Jagraon Bridge again before the monsoon to analyse whether it should be close down or renovated. Meanwhile, traffic police were checking the entry of heavy vehicles over the bridge on Thursday.