Thursday, August 11, 2022

Heritage bridge at Prayagraj to be turned into tourist attraction

The Ganga gallery will be established on the bridge and the land on both sides of the bridge owned by the Railways will be used to provide facilities like washrooms, parking, cafeteria, etc. 

ALLAHABAD: The Uttar Pradesh government has chalked out plans to convert the 115-year-old Lord Curzon bridge at Prayagraj (Allahabad) into the Ganga gallery and heritage tourist place, reported IANS.

The Ganga gallery will be established on the bridge and the land on both sides of the bridge owned by the Railways will be used to provide facilities like washrooms, parking, cafeteria, etc. 

The bridge will showcase the journey of Maa Ganga to Gangasagar. Prayagraj is synonymous with the Kumbh, so ‘samundhra manthan’ will be showcased. There will also be a light and sound show depicting the mythology, and the cultural heritage of Prayagraj.

Plans are on to provide Indian delicacies, crafts, etc. on mobile vehicles on the road above the bridge.

Once the bridge’s beautification is completed, the people of Prayagraj will also get a new place for morning walks and evening relaxation.

The bridge will showcase the journey of Maa Ganga to Gangasagar. Prayagraj is synonymous with the Kumbh, so ‘samundhra manthan’ will be showcased. There will also be a light and sound show depicting the mythology, and the cultural heritage of Prayagraj.

The flow of the Ganga will be channelised by the irrigation department and there will also be a facility to ferry people from Curzon Bridge to Sangam. 

Curzon Bridge on the Ganga in Prayagraj, connecting Phaphamau and Prayagraj, was approved in 1901 in the name of Lord Curzon, who was the Viceroy of India from 1899 to 1905 and its construction started in January, 1902. A 61-meter-long girder and 15 pillars were used for the bridge.

Till 1990, this bridge was operational. Considering the old bridge as unsafe for travel, the Railways decided to close and demolish it in 1998. The Ganga Gomti Express was the last train to pass on the bridge before its closure. After that the Railways wanted to demolish it but on the request of the state government, the Railways handed over this heritage bridge to the government.

 

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