Areekode continues to wait for cable-stayed bridge 12 years after Moorkkanad boat accident
Areekode: November 4, Thursday marked the 12th anniversary of the Moorkkanad boat accident that claimed the lives of 8 children en route to schools. However, the foot overbridge, built across the Chaliyar as a memorial to the accident, remains useless since the floods of 2018.
Rs 1.38 crore was spent on the iron bridge. During rainy midnight in August 2018, a large part of the bridge was swept away by the river.
Natives demand a new motorable bridge at Moorkanad. However, there are technical issues for the PWD to allow a new bridge since already two bridges exist at Areekode and Maithra, Eranad MLA P K Basheer said.
In the 2019-20, the engineering department of the Local Self Government Department prepared a plan for a cable-stayed bridge following a court intervention. It will be the first of its kind in the state if it is constructed, the department claims.
The tender process was started only in October this year. The construction of the bridge, which hopefully end the plight of the natives and open up tourism opportunities, will gather pace in November as the tender process will be over, people expect.