Kiranpani bridge likely to be thrown open for traffic by October

The prestigious Kiranpani-Aronda bridge linking Goa to Maharashtra in the Mandrem constituency of Pernem taluka is likely to be thrown open for vehicular traffic within a month. Work is almost complete except the approach road on the Goa side. The Kiranpani bridge linking Kiranpani in Goa to Aronda in Maharashtra is being funded entirely by the  Maharashtra government. The foundation stone for this bridge was laid in 2005 during the tenure of Chief Minister, Mr Pratapsingh Rane and the PWD Minister of Maharashtra, Mr Chhagan Bhujbal, but work began only in 2006. The bridge is 300 metres long and would soon serve as a short cut to neighbouring areas of Maharashtra. Though most of the bridge work is done, the work of only the approach road on the Goa side is left.  [NT]