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Trichy Corporation Floats Reconstruction Tenders Against ‘157-Year-Old’ Railway Overbridge

The reconstruction would incur a cost of over Rs 70 crore of which the corporation would spend 50 per cent

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The Trichy City Corporation in Tamil Nadu recently floated tender for the reconstruction of the 157-year-old railway over the bridge near Maris theatre in Tiruchirappalli.  

The corporation as per the tender notice announced that the last date and time for tender submission is 5 April 2023, 3 p.m. And if the last date of submission turns into a government holiday, the tender will be received by 3 p.m. on the following working day. 

The heritage structure bridge, constructed in 1866, got the local body's attention three years back when it developed cracks during the rains in 2020. The corporation team first conducted repair work to strengthen the bridge in 2021, putting a reconstruction plan in the pipeline for approval from higher authorities.

Commenting on the matter, a senior official of the corporation said, “the tender has been floated and will need at least 30 days to scrutinise and award the tender to the lowest bidder." He added that the corporation is likely to award the tender by June if everything runs smoothly.

The project is expected to incur a cost of over Rs 70 crore, out of which the railways would spend 50 per cent and the city corporation would be spending 50 per cent.