Kumram Bheem Asifabad: The long-cherished bridge across Peddavagu near Penchikalpet mandal centre will be a reality soon with State government allocating Rs 30 crore for it construction. Minister for Endowments and Housing A Indrakaran Reddy will formally set foundation stone works on Monday. He will be accompanied by Energy Minister G Jagadish Reddy and local legislator Koneru Konappa.
People residing in 10 mandals of Chennur, Bellampalli and Sirpur (T) Assembly constituencies have been facing untold hardships due to lack of the bridge over Peddavagu, a tributary of Pranahita. Some of these places even get isolated in monsoon. They rely on wooden boats for crossing the rivulet, risking lives.
Konappa told ‘Telangana Today‘ that the detailed project report (DPR) had reached final stage. “Construction of the bridge will be begin soon after completion of tender calling process,” he added.
Peddavagu, flows for over 100 km in Sirpur (T), passes through Kaghaznagar, Dahegoan and Penchikalkpet mandals. Also, people of Chennur, Vemanapalli, Kotapalli, Kannepalli, Bheemini, Dahegoan, Bejjur, Koutala, and Sirpur and Penchikalpet mandals would benefit from the construction of the bridge. Travel distance between these mandals will drastically reduce. They would be easily reach both sides of the rivulet.
Considering the problems faced by the public, a bridge was proposed on the rivulet at an estimated cost of Rs. 10 crore in 2006. But, floods had hindered the works. Meanwhile, engineers expressed dissatisfaction over the merits of design. Consequently, it was shelved. However, the legislator managed to secure grants for building the bridge again in December last.