ANDA BEDA BRIDGE: People frenzy over delay

1.80 crore project
Report by: 
ZEENATH BIBI
BAMBOOFLAT
16 Oct 2018

Tardy execution of bridge project at Anda Beda in South Andaman is inviting fresh criticism for the lead construction agency of the A & N Administration, Andaman Public Works Department. As per reports, the under-construction bridge at Anda Beda was scheduled to be open for general public around a year ago, but for fund crunch and poor supervision of the authorities concerned, completion of the project is being inordinately delayed.
Most affected by the sluggish execution are thousands of villagers in the Ferrargunj, Jirkatang, Tushnabad who are forced to dole out extra from their hard earned money travelling between Kadakachang and Ferrargun for office and other works. It takes 30-40 extra minutes for the commuters to reach their destination availing the long route which is a sheer wastage of valuable time. “The under construction bridge at Anda Beda, once open, will considerably reduce the travelling time for villagers residing in different parts of Ferrargunj Tehsil. It will serve as a short-cut for commuters travelling between Ferrargunj, Jirkatang, Tusnabad. However, the delay in completion of the much awaited bridge is inviting the ire of villagers for the APWD. Commuters particularly those using charter jeeps to go to office or other works are forced to shell out extra from their pockets. The jeep operators demand extra money as in the absence of the bridge travelling between Bambooflat to Jirkatang consumes an addition of 15-16 kilometres.
An official of APWD associated with the project informed that the bridge is expected to be open for general public by January next year. The Anda Beda bridge project has been taken at a cost of Rs 1.80 crores and APWD has pressed in all resources and currently works for construction of sluice gates and other related works are in progress,” the official said.