Trees pose risk to bridge

The Tollygunge bridge with trees. Picture by Bishwarup Dutta 

Police have barred heavy goods vehicles on the Tollygunge bridge on Tollygunge Circular Road but residents said more buses were plying on the bridge.

"Many buses are getting diverted through Tollygunge Circular Road because of snarls in New Alipore and Alipore. Their movement on the bridge is adding load on the bridge and negating the effect of barring heavy goods vehicles," a resident said.

Manoj Shaw, a resident of Kumorpara, said chunks of concrete often fell off the bridge. "You will see iron rods exposed in several places," Shaw said.

The bridge was built in 1936, reads a plaque.

Shaw and his neighbours said they hadn't seen any engineer visiting the bridge in years.

"I don't remember any repairs being undertaken below the bridge," another resident said.

On the southern and northern ends of the bridge, trees have grown in multiple places. Their roots have penetrated the concrete.

There are several water supply lines running under the deck slab of the bridge apart from cables running along the railings.

On the eastern and western ends of the bridge, people have built houses that restrict access to the bridge's underbelly and acts as a hurdle for inspection.


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