Gudem (Kumram Bheem Asifabad): Ending decades-long ordeals faced by people belonging to both Telangana and Maharashtra States, an inter-State bridge being built across Pranahita near Gudem village in Chintalamanepalli mandal is going to be opened for public within a month. It will reduce travelling distance between several cities of Telangana, Maharashtra, Chattishgarh and Madhya Pradesh, once inaugurated.
People of Telangana and neighboring Maharashtra have been forced to cross Pranahita river on wooden boats for over six decades, risking their lives. Scores of lives were lost trying to reach either sides of the river as the country boats capsized, shattering dreams of their families. In the recent tragedy, two Forest Beat Officers drowned on December 1 in 2019.
Considering the hardships of the public, Telangana government had granted Rs 56 crore for erecting the bridge across Pranahita in 2017. Accordingly, the works were commenced. But, they were hindered for quite long when Maoists torched construction machinery at the site. However, the executing agency and officials of Roads and Buildings laid a special interest on completing the structure at the earliest.
“Braving many odds, the works of the much-awaited bridge reached final stage. Unfavorable working conditions, perennial flow of the river and threat of Naxals failed to dampen the spirit of the agency and officials concerned. Approach roads and finishing works are in progress. The facility will be opened for traffic by the end of February or mid of March,” Adilabad Road and Buildings department Superintending Engineer Md Nazeer told Telangana Today.
With advent of the bridge, people of Telangana in particular those dwelling in remote areas of Sirpur (T), Asifabad, Bellampalli and Mancherial Assembly constituencies will easily be able to cross the river and reach Maharashtra for various needs. They share cultural ties with their counterparts of the neighboring State. People of Maharashtra also depend on several towns for medical, education and commercial needs.