Idellawala bridge in dilapidated condition

Published : 9:00 am  December 7, 2017 | No comments so far |  |  (463) reads | 


By L.W. Ariyarathne   

The Idellawala bridge across Attanagalu Oya, which lies on the Gampaha-Minuwangoda  Katunayake Airport bus route number 270, is now in a dilapidated condition due to neglect and dumping of garbage alongside its protective iron railings. 

The 161-ft. long bridge, believed to have been built by British Engineer J. Gray in 1928, had been constructed to ease travelling to railway stations and royal gardens in the area.

The protective railings are decaying as a result of garbage and other refuse being dumped along them. The devotees who frequent the nearby Sri  Bodhi Temple are in the habit of placing food for birds and stray dogs near this bridge which had led to the corrosion of these iron railings. Despite hoardings being put up to discourage people from littering the area, people continue to engage in this habit. 

By next year, the bridge will complete 90 years of existence and it is opportune for the relevant authorities to take remedial action to prevent this damage and  maintain the bridge.