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Goshree bridges opened

By Our Staff Reporter

KOCHI, MARCH 17 . The three Goshree bridges were thrown open to the public this afternoon marking a moment of joy for the people of Vypeen, Vallarpadam and Mulavukadu islands who gathered in their thousands to be part of the moment.

No formal function marked the opening of the third of the Goshree bridges to the public as the election code of conduct is in force. A convoy of cars carrying officials of the Goshree Islands Development Authority (GIDA), Cochin Port Trust along with the District Collector, Gyanesh Kumar, who is also the GIDA secretary, landed on the Vypeen Island using the Goshree bridges.

Symbolically, the opening of the bridge was marked by the car in which the office-bearers of the Vypeen-Ernakulam Bridges Action Council touched down on Vypeen Island from Ernakulam. The Action Council, formed 17 years ago, was behind the bridges project, organising agitations and driving it on whenever it seemed to waver.

Before the convoy left for Vypeen via the new bridges, the countdown board set up at the High Court Boat Jetty was dismantled. The board was set up 150 days ago and as per the schedule, another day remains for the completion of the project.

The District Collector, the Deputy Chairman of the Port Trust, Janardhana Rao, the GIDA's project officer, M.S. Jaya, the GIDA liaison engineer, Simon Mathew, the project officer in Kochi of Afcons Infrastructure Limited, Jude Roche, and the convener of the Bridges Action Council, Majnu Komath, were among those present on the occasion.

As the convoy of officials from Ernakulam returned, they were caught up in a sea of people and two-wheelers as enthusiastic islanders took to the new bridges to see the new bridges for themselves.

The lightings on the first of the Goshree bridges between Ernakulam and Bolghatty were switched on this evening as the final touches to the bridges are being completed.

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