V Santhanam, a social activist and the president of the People Awareness Movement, who has written a letter in this regard to the authorities on Saturday told DT Next, “I was informed about these cracks by commuters and immediately visited the place. The cracks are clearly visible on the Nehru Nagar side of the bridge. We don’t know to what extent the cracks can affect the longevity of the bridge. So we seek immediate intervention by the authorities.”
He added that the authorities have been quick to respond. “The bridge was built nearly 12 years ago, and it is surprising that it looks old already. The paint and shine are missing, and the cracks near the Indira Cotton Mills also speak of the poor maintenance of the structure that serves as an important connecting link,” he said.
The MIT bridge connects the western and eastern areas of Chromepet, and serves as an important link for the residents in the suburbs. Santhanam said that all kinds of vehicles ply on the bridge throughout the day.
An official from the city roads section of the Highways department assured that the cracks were minor and would be attended to promptly. “I surveyed the bridge immediately after receiving the complaint. These can be fixed immediately and will be attended to at the earliest.”
Santhanam also pointed out that the condition of the bridge was appalling, as it had turned into a public urinal at some spots. “Moreover, there is debris dumped at one spot under the bridges, and in some areas it has become cattle shed. Whatever may be the excuse, the fact is the bridge is not being maintained properly,” he added.