Kalpetta: The members of the Thurki Jeevan Raksha Samithi, a social organization, have laid a temporary approach road to the Thurki Bridge in a bid to overcome the challenges posed by the unscientific construction of the bridge.
Though the bridge was completed in 2015, it could not be used as there was a height difference between the bridge and road, and one could reach the bridge only with the help of a ladder. But unfortunately no corrective measures were taken by the authorities concerned despite repeated appeals.
Following the apathy of the officialdom, the samithi took the initiative to lay a temporary connection road, which could be used by two-wheelers and auto rickshaws, to the bridge. Hundreds of families of Kaithakolli, Chenawala colony and Adelaide are in distress due to lack of an approach road to the bridge.
The new bridge was built in place of an aging decades-old iron bridge, and funds for its construction were set aside in 2012. Though the bridge was completed before deadline, the work relating to approach road was indefinitely stalled.
The work was stopped on the grounds that building the road was costlier than constructing the bridge. The efforts of the civic body officials to convince the authorities concerned to restart the road works also went down the drain.
The residents of Kaithakolli, Chenawala colony and Adelaide have been facing travel woes for many years. The construction of the new bridge has only compounded the problem in hand as they have to travel more than 5 kms to reach Kalpetta town in Wayanad district.
Meanwhile, the local residents have decided to intensify their protest against the lackluster attitude of the officials. They have demanded to complete the road works in the near future.