Sending the Ludhiana administration, municipal corporation and traffic police into a tizzy, the Northern Railway authorities pressed for total closure of one side of the dilapidated Jagraon Bridge following a technical inspection by its team, on Wednesday.
In May 2016, railway authorities had installed horizontal girders on Bharat Nagar side (unsafe) of the bridge to restrict the movement of heavy vehicles, stating that the 127-year-old bridge will not be able to bear heavy weight. This side of bridge connects Old City localities to Ferozepur Road.
With the bridge declared unsafe for vehicular movement, the administration is exploring alternate routes for diverting traffic.
Ludhiana deputy commissioner Ravi Bhagat and other officials deliberated options for traffic diversion during a meeting.
“Restriction on the entry of heavy vehicles to this side of the bridge has already led to traffic snarls on other routes. The closure will add to the chaos,” said the DC “Once the administration is ready with a plan and arrangements for traffic diversion, the Northern Railways will go ahead with the closure of unsafe side of the bridge.”
Alternate routes one can take,if bridge is closed
Once the bridge is closed, vehicles coming from Cheema Chowk side can follow the route to Gill Chowk instead of turning towards Vishkarma Chowk on the Link Road. Commuters from Jalandhar Bypass side will have to take the route via Lakkar Bridge and Damoria Bridge.