Mangaluru: Maravoor bridge crash - Temporary measures to stop further slide


Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru (SP)

Mangaluru, Jun 17: As Maravoor bridge that lies on the road to the local airport has moved two and a quarter feet after developing cracks, temporary works were undertaken on Wednesday against further damage, by placing huge boulders around the pillars of the bridge.

A team of experts is expected to arrive here to assess the situation from Bengaluru. Because of Covid situation, the team's arrival might be delayed by a couple of days. In the meantime, a team of PWD engineers shared information with the experts from Bengaluru over phone. As per their advice, boulders were stacked around the pillars of the bridge.

PWD executive engineer, Yashwant, said that the suggestions made by experts towards stopping any further damage to the bridge have been implemented. He said that works as the experts team might suggest after visiting the bridge, will be taken up immediately. He said that based on the reports of the experts, the proposal to permit light vehicles to move will be examined if the report rules out any danger to them.

The police have blocked movement of vehicles and the people on the bridge by installing barricades on both the sides of the road. Policemen have been deployed on both the ends of the bridge. The police said that many police, unaware that the road has been blocked, came till the bridge on Wednesday morning before going back.

Now, vehicles going from the direction of Udupi bound towards Bajpe are routed through Mulky, Moorukaveri, and Kateel while vehicles from the direction of the city are sent via Kulur and Jokatte, Vamanjoor and Gurpur Kaikamba. Because of lockdown, the number of vehicles moving on these roads is less and hence no major problem was encountered. People feel that in the coming days, when vehicular traffic increases, traffic snarls might occur on these narrow roads.

Many believe that the old bridge developed cracks because of senseless sand mining and also the blocking of water flow by heaping mud on one side of the river and allowing water to flow on the other side to facilitate construction of the new bridge. Even though pipes have been fixed in the heaped mud, as the mud got stuck in these pipes, water is not flowing through them, many point out. Because there was heavy rain on Monday, the water flow in the river was forceful as a result of which the pillars of the bridge, already weakened by sand mining, would have been displaced. On Tuesday and Wednesday, mud was removed because of the fear that the bridge might crash to the ground. People feel that the main mistake was allowing only 15 metres of the river to flow as against the actual width of 150 metres.

On account of dredging for the last some years, an isle with a circumference of 50 metres that was visible on the left side of the bridge when moving towards Bajpe, has partially collapsed. As sand is being extracted around the isle, the lower portion seems to have been eroded and the water would have washed it away. Only half of the isle remains on two sides.

 

 

 

 

 

  

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  • Pintam, Mangalore

    Thu, Jun 17 2021

    Why engineers from Bangalore !!?we have talented engineers in Mangalore.

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  • Ronald, Mangalore

    Thu, Jun 17 2021

    Floating bridge is best (temporary) solution till they build new bridge, BJP can follow some small countries using best floating bridges, talk less work more. ಮಾತು ಕಡಿಮೆ , ದುಡಿಮೆ ಹೆಚ್ಚು

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  • soni, USA

    Thu, Jun 17 2021

    HELLO RONALD ,, YO U HAVE SOME PROBLEM LIFE NOTHING ELSE EVERYTIME YOU BLAMING BJP WHY U DONT PPL MAN COMMON GET OVER IT OK

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  • Anand, Mangalore

    Thu, Jun 17 2021

    An eye opener video by Mr.Shashidhar Shetty explaining the reasons for this incident. He explains so well as how taxpayers money and natural resources are looted for few people's greed.

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  • Anthony, Mangalore

    Thu, Jun 17 2021

    Blame the District administration.

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  • Hegde, Bangalore

    Thu, Jun 17 2021

    Earlier the competition was with CHINA - INDIA vs CHINA beginning of 21 st century - CHINA has raced 5 times ahead and will be 10 times ahead next 15 years max- With a MAJOR City like MANGALORE not having a decent bridge leading to an International airport appalling to say the least and we are a LAUGHING STOCK - TODAY PRE FAB CONSTRUCTION - THEY -CHINA --ARE ERECTING ONE FLOOR A DAY BUIDINGS AND ALSO REPORTS OF 10 FLOORS -- AFTER FACTORY TRANSFER ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- BELOW IS HEADLINES MAY 1 st 2021 -- Building 40 kms road per day by SHRI GADKARI Updated: 01 May 2021 Gadkari was confident that the Ministry for Road Transport and Highways will achieve the target of 40 kilometers per day of highways construction in the current fiscal. IF IT WAS APRIL 1 st would have given benefit of doubt -

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  • sense_Shetty, MAngalore

    Thu, Jun 17 2021

    Sir this bridge was built by Congress.

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  • Naresh, Kerala

    Thu, Jun 17 2021

    Metroman E Sreedharan may offer free advice for a BJP ruled State.....Anyhow he is sitting jobless with a MLA office even before the election results were announced.

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  • Rajan, Mangalore

    Thu, Jun 17 2021

    What a shameless publicity for the CITY of MANGALORE --leading to the International airport - THE SOLUTIONS ARE EVEN MORE UGLIER -- MANGALORE will be Start up Capital etc was announced recently by FM - Mrs Sitaraman - Unfortunately with a huge Talent pool - resources cannot be utilized with such poor Infrastructure - ( Big International PE Funds are looking for investment destinations - projects - ) All BRIDGE ANALYSIS unfortunately is anecdotal - MANY BELIEVE ---sand mining etc etc --- -------------------------- A team of good engineers / Professors from nearby Engg colleges -can visit and make a good Tech report within 3 days - ALSO THE BRIDGE HAS NOT DETERIORATED OVERNIGHT - IT MIGHT HAVE BEEN HAPPENING SINCE FEW YEARS AND POOR MAINTENANCE /NO VIGILANCE -- POSSIBLE SAND MINING ETC reasons -

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  • Wilfred, karnataka

    Thu, Jun 17 2021

    at the beginning of monsoon our footpath are crying, CHARANDIES/Mori are over flowing , people are struggling to walk and drive, children facing difficult time , once the raining season over authorities are not bothered to repair, they wake up only at the time VIP and politician 's visit ,The damage of bridge is an eye opener.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Nallasopara

    Thu, Jun 17 2021

    We should stop paying Toll in both our Districts ...

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  • G R PRABHUJI, Mangalore

    Thu, Jun 17 2021

    Instead of wasting our Tax amount, again and again, it's better to call any good experienced team to repair. .

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  • Stany lobo, Kulshekar

    Thu, Jun 17 2021

    Offcourse jossey from Mumbai ; brigde will be like rock he he

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  • Joel, Mangalore

    Thu, Jun 17 2021

    the proposal to permit light vehicles to move will be examined if the report rules out any danger to them. Are these pwd workers even passed sslc?

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  • Deshbhakt, Mangalore

    Thu, Jun 17 2021

    Sonta poli-bokka, yeth patti sutthag kettundala, sarta untere aapundaa ??

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  • Ozy, Surathkal

    Thu, Jun 17 2021

    What you said is cent percent correct. If the base is moved two and a half feet it's very risky. Any patch work would be hazardous for the commuters. For monumental sake they can do so.

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  • Pili, Mangalore

    Thu, Jun 17 2021

    Our engineers are good for smaaaart city road, thod, adjustment etc

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  • Hussain, Qatar

    Thu, Jun 17 2021

    My question is how sand mining was allowed to take place in a reckless manner. Why soil testing was not done before starting with the job? Were the concerned authorities sleeping till now?

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  • Dsouza, Mudarangadi/udupi

    Thu, Jun 17 2021

    What is covid ristriction stoping for expert team ?? Use police government vehicle to travel, afterall they are coming to serve publics need.

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