Belthangady: The Kumaradhara Bridge which links the famous pilgrim place Kukke Sri Subrahmanya shine has been famous in many ways as it gets submerged at least a few times every monsoon whenever Kumaradhara overflows. Every time the bridge submerged people on either sides remained stranded for hours and sometimes for even a day and had to wait for the water to recede. There have been instances of mishaps too.
Now, all these will be a thing of past as the new Kumaradhara bridge constructed adjacent to the old bridge is ready. Already it is open for traffic on an experimental basis and is expected to be shortly open full-fledged for traffic.
The new bridge works were initiated in March 2013 when tenders were called for this project worth Rs 7.78 crores. Henceforth people of the region can rest assured that they would not have to face any hassle during monsoon.
The old bridge had during one year set a record by submerging as many as 18 times. In the year 1970 a bus had plunged off the bridge. In another instance a lorry which was plying on the submerged bridge was washed away.