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Curzon Bridge may soon become usable

THE MUCH awaited opening of century-old Lord Curzon Bridge over the Ganga is likely to take place soon following a clearance given by the State Government in view of the Allahabad High Court directive. This was disclosed by the secretary, State Urban Housing Development, during a meeting of the departments concerned in Lucknow recently.

india Updated: Jan 20, 2006 00:30 IST

THE MUCH awaited opening of century-old Lord Curzon Bridge over the Ganga is likely to take place soon following a clearance given by the State Government in view of the Allahabad High Court directive. This was disclosed by the secretary, State Urban Housing Development, during a meeting of the departments concerned in Lucknow recently.

The Public Works Department has submitted a proposal of Rs 1.38 crore to the State Government for repair works of the bridge. If it is okayed by the government the work would be started on the bridge within 10 days, said the official sources.

It may be mentioned that Justice AK Yog and Prakash Krishna on the PIL filed by social activist Anand Mohan, directed the State Government to provide funds for opening the unused Curzon Bridge for light vehicles by January 26, 2006. The court has also ordered to develop the nearby area on the pattern of Saraswati Ghat.

The court further directed the State Government to provide at least initial funds of Rs 1 crore (in two installments) within two months. The court said that "We require a plan for restoring railway line for the purpose of running toy train and to provide and maintain proposed parks and its surrounding areas. Ghats should also be developed on the pattern of Saraswati Ghat or even on better footing.

This order would bestow a great relief to the citizens from frequent traffic jams on the only existing bridge connecting the city to important districts like Lucknow, Rae Bareli, Unnao, Faizabad, Sultanpur, Pratapgrah, Basti and Bahraich. Since the development of several residential colonies by Allahabad Development Authority , CRPF, RAF, private builders and setting up of Lal Bahadur Shastri Homoeopathic College, Shyama Prasad Degree College, GGIC, two private engineering colleges and two prestigious convent schools in the Phaphamau area, the need for having a separate bridge on the Ganga like Shastri bridge is being felt desperately for the last four years.

Superintending engineer, Allahabad Circle, Sushil Kumar, in his report presented before the court. It contained the preliminary estimate for construction of road over the Curzon Bridge for movement of light vehicles. The report said that bridge length 1.053 Km can be used only when 0.007 km approach road is also provided. The road in existence has been badly damaged in the past while new bridge was constructed, hence major repair work is the need of the hour.

According to the report, an estimated sum of Rs 2.38 76 lakh is required. This does not contain work relating to installation of electricity poles, lighting and ancillary beautification work. According to him, the entire expected work can be done with Rs 3 crore.

He said that in case he gets green signal from the court the government along with requisite funds, the entire execution of the scheme shall take maximum four months. Looking to ensuing Ardh Kumbh scheme need to be implemented forthwith.

The court said that "Everyone without expectation looks to the government to execute the idea of using the site for toy train and adjoining embankment to be developed to add to the beauty of the town, improve ecology and environment of the city and also provide an avenue to raise revenue of local body entrusted to maintain it. We confident that the authorities concerned will sort out preliminaries and explore possibility to develop the surrounding of the ancient city of Prayag. Place can be used for growing fruits and flowers."

First Published: Jan 20, 2006 00:30 IST