The trash on the bridge cracked
The fact is, now, the aforementioned bridge has turned into a garbage segregation point where trash-carrying trucks are stationed.
Entering through the cracks on the said bridge, stagnating leachate from the trucks is mixing with the water below, eventually flowing into a lake. The
It had promised to fix the old bridge. Now, though, the corporation seems to have abandoned the repair work halfway, opening the old bridge up for parking the garbage trucks.
The trucks are adding to the existing traffic woes, especially for ambulances. The emergency vehicles get stuck in the one-way traffic.
“We have raised the issue several times with the BBMP; to remove the garbage trucks as it affects free flow of traffic,” said one of the traffic cops on duty near the bridge.
The bridge is in an unhygienic condition, they said, adding that the foul smell emanating from the stagnating leachate permeates the neighbourhood. According to BBMP marshals deployed at the bridge, there are fences and
“At times, the trash from the parked garbage trucks catches the wind and falls into the water below despite having a netting around the bridge,” a marshal said.
The old bridge was built in 2001. A bridge’s average life span is 90 years. Within 20 years the bridge was damaged, which indicates poor quality of work.
— Jagadish Reddy, lake activist
Executive engineer Nandish confirmed the cracks on the old bridge were fixed with bonding agents: however, new cracks developed on other slabs in May following which the work was put on hold. “We are constructing another bridge next to the new bridge that opened recently. There won’t be much traffic issues with two bridges in place. We are yet to decide what to do with the old bridge,” he said.
According to the area health inspector, earlier, the garbage trucks used to park in an empty ground nearby but due to the ongoing road work there, the vehicles are parked on the bridge now: “It’s been three months since the trucks have been parking on the bridge. We shall find alternative spots for parking soon.”