Heavy rains dam­age tem­po­rary bridge near Vedaranyam

Sunday Express - - CHENNAI - @ Na­ga­p­at­ti­nam

A ground-level bridge used as an in­terim con­nect­ing point on Vedaranyam-Tiruthu­raip­poondi road near Neivialkku of Vedaranyam taluk came crum­bling down after heavy rain in the re­gion on Satur­day morn­ing.

To reach Thiruthu­raip­poondi in Tiruvarur district from Vedaranyam, there are two routes that are avail­able for mo­torists. One road con­nects the towns via Kariyap­pat­ti­nam and an­other route con­nects both the places via Vaimedu.

On the first above men­tioned route, the ground-level bridge was dam­aged by Satur­day’s down­pour. Ac­cord­ing to sources, as a river over-bridge is un­der con­struc­tion for `2 crore at Neivi­lakku, one small groundlevel bridge was built with a hol­low pipe cul­vert that has been dam­aged in the rains.

S Maruthamuthu, a lo­cal of Neivi­lakku, told Ex­press, “The bridge was built by fix­ing a pipe cul­vert six months ago when the work was started to build the river over-bridge in Vedaranyam-Thiruthu­raip­poondi route. When the Vedaranyam re­gion re­ceived 27 cm of rain­fall on Novem­ber 6, a por­tion of that ground-level bridge got dam- aged. Later, the State Dis­as­ter Re­sponse Force with help from the lo­cals in Neivi­lakku ren­o­vated the bridge. While ve­hic­u­lar traf­fic was re­stored, the re­cent rain­fall dam­aged the bridge com­pletely.”

As a re­sult, the buses are ply­ing an ad­di­tional 8 km through Kur­vap­pu­lam to Thiruthu­raip­poondi and Vedaranyam.

High­est rain­fall recorded

After a day’s break, heavy rain­fall lashed Vedaranyam on Satur­day night. The rain­fall recorded in the re­gion was 12 cm. Vedaranyam re­ceived the high­est rain­fall. The last time when it poured was last Novem­ber and many low-ly­ing ar­eas in Tha­laina­yar block were flooded and crops in 11,200 ha de­stroyed.

The bridge was built by fix­ing a pipe cul­vert six months ago. When Vedaranyam re­gion re­ceived 27 cm of rain­fall on Novem­ber 6, a por­tion of that ground-level bridge got dam­aged S Maruthamuthu, Res­i­dent

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