The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) standing committee approved a proposal on Monday to start the construction of a new bridge parallel to Dengle bridge, connecting Shivajinagar and Pune Cantonment Board (PCB) area, as the existing bridge which was constructed in 1971 is seemingly unable to handle the increasing traffic load.
“The civic administration had proposed to undertake the construction of a new bridge which is at a very crucial location to connect two of the oldest parts of the city alongside Mutha river,” said Balasaheb Bodke, chairperson of standing committee.
He said the 162-metre-long and 24-metre-wide bridge would cost Rs 19.8 crore. It will also have a four-metre-wide stretch to accommodate a footpath and a cycle track. Foundation stone for the bridge would be laid by next week, he added.
Local leaders had been raising concerns over the poor condition of Dengle bridge which had been witnessing an increase in traffic flow. A study, conducted to assess the condition of the Dengly bridge, had already restricted two-way flow of traffic on the bridge, making it one-way route from Shivajinagar to Juna Bazaar.