Restoring Lucknow’s Pucca Pul: PWD panel formed to survey, suggest extent of repairs
PWD officials say that the expert committee will gauge the structural strength of the heritage bridge which connects Old City areas of Daliganj with Sitapur road.
The Public Works Department (PWD) has constituted a high-level committee consisting of senior engineers and experts of PWD and UP State Bridge Corporation to survey the Pucca Pul considered a part of the heritage of the city. Based on the recommendations of the committee, the bridge would be repaired.
PWD officials say that the expert committee will gauge the structural strength of the heritage bridge which connects Old City areas of Daliganj with Sitapur road. At the same time, the PWD will also repair the dilapidated Gangaganj bridge of Gosaiganj, where work will be completed in three phases.
On January 10, 1914, a concrete bridge was constructed by the British after dismantling the bridge built by the Nawabs – giving it the moniker Pucca Pul. The over-100-year-old bridge recently developed cracks at places which were noticed by residents.
The railings of the bridge also got damaged, making driving a hazard. The residents also complained of broken tiles on the pavement and water from the pipeline passing over the bridge has been leaking. The railing has been broken while moving from Teele Wali Masjid towards Khadra, due to which the pedestrians are very scared.
After the problems were highlighted by the locals the PWD engineers inspected the bridge. The team recommended shifting of the pipeline.
MLA of area Neeraj Bora said that he had written to PWD to repair the Pucca Pul around a year back. He said, “I am happy to see PWD in action now.”
Chief engineer PWD (bridges) Ashok Agarwal said, “A preliminary report has been submitted, the officials have constituted a high-level committee to repair the bridge. Repairs will be done after the suggestion of the committee. At the same time, a survey of Gangaganj bridge of Gosaiganj is being done by the Bridge Corporation. The repair work will start on it soon.”
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