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Bridge in Thiruvakkarai under water

Sruthisagar Yamunan

Heavy rain has led to river flowing over the bridge for the past five days


Tenders have been floated for constructing a new bridge, says official


— Photo: T.Singaravelou

Connectivity lost: Sankarabarani river flowing over the bridge connecting Thiruvakkari to Thirukkanur and Puducherry.

VILLUPURAM: Heavy rain in the past week has resulted in the Sankarabarani river flowing over the bridge that connects Thiruvakkarai and several other adjoining villages to Thirukkanur and Puducherry, for the past five days.

According to residents of Thiruvakkarai, buses connecting these villages to nearby towns no longer ply through the bridge. This is forcing them to walk five km around it and then take share autos to reach their destinations.

Most children in Thiruvakkarai have stopped going to school owing to the overflowing river and lack of transport. Parents said that the children were not able to wade through the water as it was too deep for them.

The villagers also said that in the absence of an alternative route, they were forced to carry patients through the flooded bridge in case of an emergency.

“Pregnant women are the most affected because they are forced to walk long distances to get an auto to go to hospital,” said Boominathan, a resident of Thiruvakkarai.

The water has also forced many people visiting the festival in the famous temple in the village to turn back.

The ground-level bridge has seen flooding continuously for the past three years during the monsoon and several petitions to the administration to build another bridge across the river has made no difference, said the villagers.

According to a senior official, the situation would be assessed on Friday and steps taken to start bus services on another road if possible. He said that the administration had already floated tenders for constructing a new bridge at a cost of Rs. 9 crore to replace the ground level bridge across the Sankarabarani. This project would be completed in 18 months, he said.

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