Alternative bridge to Lakshman Jhula to be built before Kumbh Mela 2021

The Hush Post |Two-minute read | 17:00 PM

A suspension bridge with a span of 150 meters is expected to be built on the Ganga in Rishikesh before the arrival of ‘Kumbh Mela’ of 2021. This bridge will be an alternative to Lakshman Jhula which was closed last month because of its dilapidated state said, an official this morning.

The bridge is meant for the pedestrians and will be a substitute to Lakshman Jhula said Additional Chief Secretary Om Prakash. A site for the bridge on the upper stream side of Lakshman Jhula has been identified by the PWD. Also, an amount of more than Rs. 3 crore has been sanctioned for initial work related to the project, he further added.

“We have set ourselves a target of completing the construction of the bridge before the 2021 Kumbh Mela,” the official said, further adding that the iconic bridge will be preserved as a British-era legacy.

The iconic Lakshman Jhula was shut on July 12 due to safety reasons after the experts found out that the loading capacity of its components had come down over the years making it unfit for the public to use. As a reaction, traders and locals protested its closure before the start of ‘Kanwar mela’.

However, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat assured the citizens from the area that an alternative bridge will be soon built on Ganga.

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