Relief for villagers as steel bridge at Badam Nallah nears completion

Report by: 
KURMA RAO
Mayabunder
16 Apr 2018

Big relief is on cards for residents in the Middle Andaman region as construction of a steel bridge over a rivulet at Badam Nallah is nearing completion. The North Andaman Construction Division of Andaman Public Works Department has expedited construction of the steel bridge, which was sanctioned by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways with funds allocated under Central Road Fund (CRF). The bridge is likely to be opened for general public before the fast approaching rainy season fulfilling one of the long pending demands of villagers in the area.
According to reports, the executing agency, North Andaman Construction Division of APWD accelerated execution of the several bridge projects to alleviate problems faced by villagers during rains. Following the demands of the Member of Parliament, Mr Bishnu Pada Ray, the Union Ministry had sanctioned an amount of Rs 86 Crore for undertaking the work for rehabilitation and up gradation of 7 number of roads and 15 bridges in South Andaman District, Nicobar District and in the N & M Andaman District. Of the total funds allocated, an amount of Rs 4.5 crore is estimated to be incurred for construction of the three bridges in North Andaman. Foundation stone for the bridge at Badam Nallah was laid by the Member of Parliament in the presence of Adhyaksh, Zilla Parishad, North and Middle Andaman in the month of November 2016.
“Villagers in this region have been facing countless problems due to flash floods caused by torrential rains for the past several years. The flooding during rainy seasons disrupts road transport besides cutting of some villages causing hardships to school students, elderly and women in the region. The effort of the Member of Parliament and early completion of the bridges will benefit a population of more than 300 here,” said some villagers of Badam Nallah.