Nimapara, Feb 13: Located not very far from the tourist hub and religious town Puri, a concrete bridge in Chanarapada area under Nimapara block has turned to be a death tramp due to lackadaisical attitude of the administration towards maintenance.
The bridge which acts as the lifeline for around 20 families inhabiting Hanspada area and connecting Nimapara-Pipili main road has caved for over 4 feet, says report. In such a condition, the regular movement of bikes, four-wheelers and even ambulances carrying patients have turned out to be fatal.
“The bridge had been built on a drainage connecting the Nimapara-Pipili main road way back in 1992. The concrete slab which had been laid on the drain to build is providing service uninterruptedly for last 29 years sans any repair,” said a local.
“The bridge is accommodating the transport of 200-250 people every day despite its wretched condition. In last 5 years, the concrete slabs have started caving in making it difficult for ambulance and four wheelers for plying. Despite our repeated appeal to the local leaders as well as administration no step is being taken for the repairing,” said another local.
While the deplorable condition of the bridge is already posing a great danger to the lives of the Hansapada area, Monsoon brings additional trouble for commuters, the local residents have claimed. In case of a critically ill patient needs shifting to a hospital, we have to take him/her on shoulder to the ambulance because of the reluctance of the drivers to cross the bridge, they claimed.
The locals have demanded immediate repairing or reconstruction of the bridge to save the valuable lives.