Plan for sky­walk over his­toric Cur­zon Bridge

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - NATION - Sm­riti Malaviya n sm­riti1.ht@gmail.com

AL­LA­HABAD: A sky­walk over Ganga here in Al­la­habad may soon be­come a re­al­ity.

The district ad­min­is­tra­tion has sent a pro­posal to the rail­ways for de­vel­op­ing a sky­walk, which could of­fer breath­tak­ing beauty of the ma­jes­tic river, over cen­tury old Cur­zon Bridge.

The bridge con­nects Al­la­habad with Phaphamau from Teliar­ganj area over Ganga river. It has road on top and rail­way line be­low mak­ing it an en­gi­neer­ing mar­vel. Though rail­ways has aban­doned the bridge long time back it is still fre­quented by pedes­tri­ans and two-wheeler rid­ers.

“The bridge of­fers a mar­vel­lous view of sun­rise and sun­set and it could be de­vel­oped as a prom­i­nent tourist site,” said divi­sional com­mis­sioner Ashish Ku­mar Goel, who has sent a pro­posal to the rail­ways.

Goel said the bold de­sign of Cur­zon Bridge makes it unique. It is a his­tor­i­cal site and a land­mark. While in south of Al­la­habad the New Ya­muna Bridge of­fers a mag­nif­i­cent view of the holy rivers, in north side the Cur­zon bridge of­fers the same view to peo­ple pass­ing from it, he added.

The construction of the bridge was sanc­tioned in 1901 as a state rail­way bridge. The bridge has a sin­gle broad gauge (BG) line between the gird­ers and a road­way on top.

The en­gi­neer-in-charge was Robert Richard Gales. It opened for Rail­way Traf­fic on June 15, 1905. It opened for road traf­fic on De­cem­ber 20, 1905. The com­mis­sioner said the plan to con­nect the Cur­zon Bridge with Her­itage Walk is also on cards.

HT

The Cur­zon Bridge that con­nects Al­la­habad with Phaphamau of­fers a ma­jes­tic view of the Ganga where the sky­walk is pro­posed.

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