14 yrs & counting without repairs

Cracks under Belgachhia bridge. Picture by Sanat Kr Sinha

The nearly kilometre-long Belgachhia bridge connecting Shyambazar and Jessore Road has only seen patchwork and fresh coats of paint in some stretches.

Residents said a state agency had painted and carried out some minor repairs about six months ago on a portion of the bridge near the Olai Chandi Mandir.

The repairs included scrapping off plasters that had worn off and relaying the bitumen layer.

"But this did not solve the problem of water seepage through the bridge," Rajgopal Khetri, a resident, said.

The portion of the bridge that is above the railway tracks between Calcutta and Tallah stations is the worst hit.

There are signs of major damage between the spans that are supported by pillars. In places there are shrubs peeping out.

Poonam Chowdhury, who stays on the third floor of Chowdhury Building adjoining the bridge, said: "We are lucky that the Majerhat bridge collapse has forced the state government to take a serious look at the upkeep of this bridge. I have not seen any major repair work in the past 14 years."


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