Sunday, November 22, 2009


Some wher I mentioned about the bridge built of mortat and limestone that over looks the k r puram railway station built by the british some where in the mid 1800's or slightly later. This was a narrow bridge and could possibly take only traffic in one direction at one time. The bridge by itself was very very strong. Gradually the scenario became such that the bridge could not take the heavy load of vehicular traffic and became a bottle neck. Discussions were held at many levels of how to remedy the situation and have a new bridge in place.

What resulted is probably a master peice in its own right and bangalore joins the list of various developed communities in the world who have cable stayed bridge. If my memory serves me right the bridge construction commenced in 1998 and was completed in 2003. In the year 2003 the then prime minister atal bihari vajpayee inaugurated the bridge.

I remember watching the step by step progression in the construction of the bridge whenever I passed that way. The construction company was a consortium of the indian railways and a private party. The first step in the construction was the erection of two mega pillars which took quite some time to complete. The important feature of this bridge is that part of the bridge is cable stayed while the other part is a normal bridge. This bridge runs roughly for about two kilo meters. The lowry memorial school is clearly visible from the bridge.

Congratulations planners, executioners, financiers and all the workers of the bridge for having presented to bangalore such a master peice.

This place is also called vijinapura these days.

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