Coimbatore (CBE): Political parties in the city gathered on Friday near Ganapathy area on Sathy Road to protest against the slow progress of the Textool Bridge. The bridge was proposed to be inaugurated on May 5, this year.
“It has been more than three years since the construction of the two lane bridge began at a cost of Rs.20 crore. The bridge which was earlier 7.5m was being made 15m wide to decongest traffic on Sathy Road. But the slow progress is completely unacceptable,” said Krishnasamy, ex MDMK councillor. Meena Loganathan, DMK Councillor said that the Avarampalayam rail over bridge and the bridge on the seventh street of 100 ft road are also yet to commence. “These projects were proposed several years ago only to decongest traffic but, so far their construction has not started,” she said.
Members of DMK, MDMK, DMDK, AAP, BJP, Viduthalai VCK, Naam Tamizhar, Communist parties, Kongunadu Jananaayaga Katchi (KJK), Congress and members of merchant associations participated in the protest.
The protesters said that the delay in the project was causing traffic congestion on several arterial roads such as Sathy Road, Avinashi road and Gandhipuram. “Officials had said that the bridge would be completed a month before its proposed deadline and now they tell us it would take another month’s time,” said protesters.
The first over bridge was constructed by the railways department. When the highways came up with a Rs2,500 crore project to widen the Sathy road, the project of constructing another bridge was handed over to the state highways after the national highways department issued a no objection certificate. The state highways department said they would complete it very soon.
“We met the corporation commissioner and the district collector several times in the past. If they do not complete it within a month, we will hold hunger strikes and protest outside the department offices,” said the protesters.