Posted on 11 June 2012.
The new Venduruthy Bridge has opened, and Kochiites have started using the new bridge, full-fledged. The old bridge has gone to the Indian Navy too. So now this new and improved new Venduruthy Bridge will be lighted up beautifully. The Energy Saving LED lamps which will be installed in the new bridge will ensure enough lighting here. This will be done as a part of lighting up the Thevara junction to Venduruthy Bridge stretch.
This initiative from the State Government has been much appreciated, and installation of these LED lamps will be done soon. The installation works will begin by July, and is expected to be completed in three months. If this project is successful, Kochi Corporation will introduce the same to other parts of the city as well.
Kochi has always been lacking good enough lighting on our roads. And this has created numerous accidents and chaos inside the city premises. Hopefully, this new endeavor will light up Kochi better and brighter.
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Posted on 16 May 2012.
Wondering why the old Venduruthy bridge has been closed down? The bridge is paving way for Navy’s underpass. There were many speculations regarding whether the bridge would be closed down. And bringing an end to all that, the old Venduruthy Bridge has closed down last Tuesday. Now, vehicles will have to use the new Venduruthy Bridge that has been built alongside the old one. A new underpass for the navy is being constructed at the entrance of the old Venduruthy Bridge.
The authorities have cleared that even if the construction of the underpass gets over, chances of the old bridge being open is remote. Since the bridge is quite old, and parts have rusted, traffic might flow from the new bridge here onwards. At the same time, this underpass which will be built with an amount of rupees 12 crores (approx.), is expected to ease the traffic congestion at the new bridge.
The concerned officials plan to complete the construction soon, as the paper works have been completed. This new underpass will connect the Naval Base to Katari Bagh, and will be closed for all other practical purposes.
Hope the new underpass eases Kochi’s traffic. But for now, goodbye to the old Venduruthy bridge, a true historical symbol which was built decades ago by the British!
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Posted on 17 January 2012.
Our city has been witnessing some splendid developments over the past few months. Thanks to the government who have been striving to make our lives better and easy in Kochi. So what is the newest in town!? Kochi will get two new bridges soon. The parallel bridges that have been built near Venduruthy and Edappally over bridges will be open to public on February 4. The new bridge next to Venduruthy Bridge named Venduruthy Vikrant will be opened by Defence Minister A.K. Antony, Edappally bridge will be inaugurated by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy.
These bridges will definitely help in easing the traffic chaos and facilitate better transport. The current Venduruthy Bridge was built in the late 1930’s by the British. Having served Kochiites for so long, the bridge had to undergo works now and then. Being quite narrow, traffic was heavy on the bridge. Indian Navy has contributed 12 crore for this project which was completed with 36 crores. The rest of the money was pooled in by Government.
The Edappally RoB was in the news for more than a decade. The construction works moved at a slow pace hence adding to the traffic chaos in the area. The work which was constantly procrastinated has been completed now. The bridges will truly be a blessing to Kochiites.
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Posted on 12 August 2011.
Yes Kochiites, you heard that right. We are getting a new Venduruthy bridge. Some of you might have seen the construction going on, and have you been wondering when you shall get to travel through the new one. It will open by the end of September!! This two- lane bridge which is being built parallel to the existing one, is built by the Public Works Department (PWD) with a budget of 30 crore rupees. The old Venduruthy Bridge, which was built during the British era in 1938, will find respite from heavy traffic now. The bridge has been quite strong, and has withstood the climatic adversities and heavy traffic that flows through it over the years. This new bridge shall ease things for commuters from now on.
Even though two and three wheelers would be the ones to commute through the new bridge initially, heavy vehicles will have to travel through the old bridge.
This would, to large extent ease traffic towards this side of the city. Also, it looks like we can reach places like Wellington Island, Fortkochi, Mattancherry etc, to the city premises easily and faster too.
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