Watch: Ellis Bridge turned 125 years old today
Watch: Ellis Bridge turned 125 years old todayEllis Bridge which has became a landmark of Ahmedabad from century has turned 125 years old today. It is now been preserved as a show piece and heritage landmark and the entry of vehicles is strictly prohibited to maintain the elegance of this beautiful landmark. The bridge that connects two ends of the city was built in the year 1892. The bridge, that has not only been shown in all its glory in a number of Gujarati films (and the odd Bollywood film like Kai Po Che or TV shows shot here), generates nostalgia for Amdavadis. In 2012 authorities had decided to sell the bridge in scrap as it was an unused asset. But this decision was then opposed by the group of people resulting in dismissing this decision.This Heritage bridge in heritage city Ahmedabad is 480 metres long and 6.3 metres wide and can handle upto 1196 tonnes of weight.
Interestingly, the Chief Engineer Himmatlal Bhachech, built it at a cost of Rs 407,564 which was lower than the budget allotted Rs.5,00,000!
This made the British government suspicious enough to think that low quality material might have been used by Himmatlal. But the inquiry committee found that the material was of superior quality!
For saving the government's money, Himmatlal was subsequently honoured with the title of Rao Sahib.
In recent time the bridge has been renamed as "Vivekanada Bridge" but the original identical name cannot be wiped off from peoples mind and it is still known as "Ellis Bridge".
Ellis Bridge thus, is also a symbol of trustworthiness of the people of A' bad!
Penned by: Dhruvish Shah
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