120-Year Old Kundamankadavu bridge To Become a Cultural Corridor!

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Unknown to many people is the fact that Kundamankadavu bridge is the oldest in the city which dates back to 1898.

On the Trivandrum-Kattakada road, when you reach Kundamankadavu you will see a steel-suspension bridge, right next to the newly constructed one. Unknown to many people is the fact that Kundamankadavu bridge is the oldest in the city which dates back to 1898.

The 120-year old bridge which was built during the British-era provided a vital link connecting suburban parts of the city such Kattakada and Malayinkil to the city core area. Just before the commissioning of the new bridge, this old iron bridge was the only main route to Kattakada. Years of neglect and increased vehicular traffic have made the bridge unsafe.

The 120-year old bridge which was built during the British-era provided a vital link connecting suburban parts of the city such Kattakada and Malayinkil to the city.

Similiar to Manaveeyam Veedhi

Now the the century-old bridge is going to become a cultural spot as the efforts are on to make the bridge into a well-known heritage monument. The plan is to make the bridge into a ‘cultural Corridor’ just like the Manaveeyam Veedhi in Vellayambalam. The venue will host a cultural event one evening every week.

A Bio-diversity park on the anvil

There are also plans to establish a bio-diversity park under the bridge. The park will come up on the banks of the river. The State Biodiversity Board has been asked to submit a plan for this.

The plan is to make the bridge into a ‘cultural Corridor’ just like the Manaveeyam Veedhi in Vellayambalam.

Kattakada MLA IB Satheesh has announced his decision to conserve the bridge. The MLA has approached the State Archaeology Minister to declare the bridge a heritage monument.

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Waste dumping has become a serious issue

It has been found that people have been dumping waste near the bridge and efforts are on to put an end to this practice. This includes regular night beats by residents’ association members under the leadership of local body leaders.

 Lights will be installed to make the bridge more attractive during the night.

Other measures include, installation of hi-mast lights to make the bridge more attractive during the night and installation of CCTV cameras to catch people who dump waste in the area.

There is no other bridge like Kundamankadavu in Kerala

The century-old bridge was constructed by British and maintained by the military. It is said that Kundamankadavu bridge is very unique in its structure and there is no similar bridge in state that can match this bridge. The second oldest bridge in the city after Kundamankadavu is the Maruthamkuzhi Bridge.

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