|April 29, 2014 at 9:55 am #5334|
The Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Wednesday said that the new four-lane, cable-stayed Gaundalim-Cumbharjua bridge constructed across river Mandovi will be inaugurated on May 30, the Goa Statehood Day.
“The bridge constructed by the Goa State Infrastructure Development Corporation (GSIDC) at the cost of Rs 44 crore will reduce the distance between many of the North Goa locations like Sankhalim, Bicholim, Amona, etc and Panaji by 10 kilometre,” he stated, pointing out that the bridge would also reduce traffic congestion on the national highway, especially when the national highway stretch between Corlim and Marcel is converted into four-lane.
The chief minister, who is also the chairman of the GSIDC, was speaking during launch of the placing of 80-metre long, 250 tonne pre-fabricated span on the bridge. “The span was pre-fabricated while the two sections of the bridge on either side of the river were being constructed which helped in cost cutting and time saving,” he said, pointing out that the entire exercise of lifting the heavy span and placing it between the two sections of the bridge is first of its kind in the country.
Speaking further, the chief minister said that the shifting and placing of the span would take 15 to 20 days, which would allow the inauguration of the bridge on May 30. “The Bharatiya Janata Party had promised this bridge to the people of Goa in its manifesto for the 2012 Assembly election, as also during the earlier Assembly election,” he noted.
Once commissioned, the commuters will not have to travel by ferry plying between Gaundalim and Cumbharjua villages.
The route also has a rail-level crossing between Old Goa and Gaundalim. The GSIDC has plans to bypass this level crossing by building an overbridge.
“We have already received permission from the Konkan Railway Corporation for construction of this overbridge,” the chief minister said, adding that the tendering process for the same would be undertaken after the in-force election code of conduct is lifted.
Parrikar also informed that a number of new bridges are being planned in Goa. “The exercise to grant letter of intent for the construction of Tuem-Camurlim bridge over river Chapora is in progress, while Sanvorcotta bridge will be completed by May 30,” he informed, maintaining that construction work of Virdi-Amona bridge is in progress, while work of the bridge across river Mandovi for Chorao and Salvador do Mundo villages will start once some problem existing over land on one side of this bridge is sorted out.
Source/Reference: Navhind Times, “Four-lane Gaundalim-Cumbharjua bridge inauguration on May 30: CM“