Rishikesh Landmark Laxman Jhula closed forever
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Rishikesh : Even as lakhs of tourists thronged Rishikesh and surrounding areas during the weekend and festive holidays, many people walked over the Laxman Jhula bridge over the river Ganga, being the last few to have walked across the historic bridge on Saturday before it was permanently closed forever.
Nearly 100 years old, being unsafe for use, Public Works Department Narendra Nagar Division fit it deem to close the bridge for public use. PWD official send a report to District Magistrate Tehri Eva Srivastava, who issued orders to close it.
Iron bridge Laxman Jhula had become a Rishikesh landmark. Several tourists reaching Munikireti's Tapovan, Laxman Jhula and surrounding areas were forced to stay in their vehicles with hotels, lodges, dharamshalas fully packed. Being the weekend, people thronged the suspension bridge to enjoy the panoramic view or to simply just feel the experience.
In view of the seriousness of the matter, Mohammad Arif Khan, PWD Executive Engineer urged DM Tehri Garhwal to close the bridge for traffic. This letter was sent to the administration on Saturday. In a dilapidated state, to avoid any untoward incident, the police were ordered to close it.
Khan said that concentrated load had increased on the bridge, whereas the design of the bridge was not prepared on the basis of such loading and as such had to be closed. A new bridge was also under construction beside this bridge, he added.
In view of public safety, Eva Srivastava banned traffic till further orders. Munikireti Inspector Ritesh Shah said that on the orders of the DM and SSP, Laxman Jhula bridge has been closed indefinitely on Saturday night. Police has been deployed on the spot.