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Mayyannur bridge to be opened on Saturday

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Bridge connects Palakkad with Thrissur; work took 11 years

OTTAPALAM: The long wait of the people of Ottappalam and Mayyannur for a bridge across the Bharathapuzha to connect the districts of the Palakkad and Thrissur will come to an end with the opening of a major bridge by Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan on Saturday. The event will take place on a specially made stage near the Bharathapuzha. The construction of the 703-metre bridge took 11 years to complete, at a cost of Rs.25 crore. It connects the Ottappalam municipality of Palakkad with the Kondazhi panchayat of Thrissur.

The demand for the Mayyannur bridge is decades old and an organising committee meeting demanding the bridge was first held at Ottappalam in 1957 and was addressed by the then Malabar District Board president, the late P.T. Bhaskara Panikkar.

Later, an action committee for the bridge was formed with noted diplomat, the late K.P.S. Menon, as chairman. In 1970, the Achuthan Menon government sanctioned a causeway and an estimate for Rs.56 lakh was prepared. But the project did not take off. Various forms of agitations have been organised in the past years demanding a bridge across the river. On November 18, 1999, the work was inaugurated. It was promised that the work would be completed in two years, but it took 11 years.

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