The Patto cable-stayed footbridge will be completed at the end of June: GSIDC | Goa News

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PANAJI: The Rs 7.6 crore cable-stayed pedestrian bridge over the Rua de Ourem stream, linking the EDC Patto complex with Mala and Fontainhas, is expected to be completed by the end of June, officials have said. The three-meter-wide bridge will have a ramp to allow people with reduced mobility to use it without hassle.
The Goa State Infrastructure Development Corporation (GSIDC), which is constructing the pedestrian bridge as part of the Smart City Mission, said work is progressing at a rapid pace.
“The goal is to complete the bridge by the end of June. There is no piling in the water, so the project time has been reduced,” said a GSIDC official.
The 99 m long bridge will span 50 m over the Rua de Ourem stream.
At present, there are three vehicular bridges over the creek, while a single pedestrian bridge connects Panaji Old Town with EDC’s Patto Complex.
The GSIDC had issued the tender for the bridge in August as part of the Smart City Mission plan to promote non-motorized transportation and pedestrianization in the state capital.
The pedestrian bridge stands next to the unique mangrove boardwalk behind Patto Central Library and is expected to become a tourist spot, GSIDC officials said.
“There are no obstructions to the waterway and the freeboard is 3.5m. Existing supports will be removed,” a senior official said. The 99m long bridge is supported by 18 steel cables with steel railings and adequate lighting also being installed.
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