Mangalore, Mar 21: Commuters in relief as the new Netravati Bridge located on national highway 66 was let open to traffic on Thursday March 20. The bridge has been constructed at a cost of Rs 40 crore and it has auto latching scheme mechanism purchased from China.
There was a puja held at Jeppu Gurvana Temple before the bridge was opened for traffic, Assistant commissioner of police (ACP) of Mangalore south division Pawan Nejjoor on Thursday inaugurated the new bridge for temporary use by cutting the ribbon.
As a small portion of the work at the south end of the bridge is yet to be completed, vehicular movement will be allowed only for 20 days. With vehicles passing over the bridge during this period, the edge of the bridge would get levelled. Thereafter, the work will be completed, and the bridge will be opened to traffic once again.
The work on the new bridge started on October 26, 2010. The bridge that was supposed to be ready in 2 years’ time took 3.5 years to complete. Due to technical issues with Navayug Company that undertook the project and encroachment of the place, the work moved at a slow pace, said Navayug company assistant project manager Shyam Krishna.
The flyover connecting Pumpwell and Thokkottu will be constructed soon, said the assistant project manager.