Movement of heavy vehicles have been banned on the old bridge across the Brahmani river near Kabatabandha on National Highway no -200 in the district due to repairs. In a notification issued here on Monday, Jajpur District Magistrate has imposed the ban on the movement of all goods carrier, passenger vehicles, tractors, mini buses and other heavy vehicles.
There is, however, no restriction on the movement of taxis, two-wheelers, three-wheelers, cars, jeeps and school buses on the bridge. Heavy vehicles will be barred from entering on NH- 200 at Chandikhole to Kalinga Nagar at Duburi in Jajpur district from 4 to 9 February due to the ongoing repair of the old dilapidated Bridge.
Jajpur district administration has put up posters, banners at many places to make aware of the public. “We have imposed a ban on the movement of heavy vehicles on the bridge across Brahmanni river at Kabatabandha from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day for the ongoing repairing works of the bridge.
This restriction starts from on Monday and it will continue till 9th February,” said Jajpur collector Ranjan Kumar Das. He said heavy vehicles from Chandikhole to Kalinga Nagar steel hub can use the National Highway No- 5 till Panikoili and then divert to Panikoili – Duburi road to reach the destination.
But heavy vehicles want to head Chandikhole from Duburi will be diverted via Jajpur Road, the gateway to the Kalinga Nagar, he added. The old Brahmani bridge which was built in 1962 was in a dilapidated condition. This bridge on NH- 200 connects Kalinga Nagar Industrial complex and port town Paradeep in Jagatsinghpur.
“The bridge renovation was is in full swing. We have on Monday replaced all six damaged bearings of the end spans of the bridge towards Chandikhole which were dislocated. We will bridge the gaps that have been developed between two spans,” said Rati Kanta Parida, Assistant General Manager of NHAI. He said the joint gap repair and other related works would take four to five days more.