Fact Check: Was Vizag Floating Bridge Really Washed Away Hours After Opening? Here’s What Andhra Govt Says

On February 25, the Vizag floating bridge was inaugurated at R K Beach. However, hours after it was inaugurated, pictures and videos of a broken part of the bridge started circulating on social media.

by Tooba Shaikh
Fact Check: Was Vizag Floating Bridge Really Washed Away Hours After Opening? Here’s What Andhra Govt Says

Recently, a floating bridge was inaugurated at a beach in Vishakhapatnam. On February 25, the Vizag floating bridge was inaugurated at R K Beach. However, hours after it was inaugurated, pictures and videos of a broken part of the bridge started circulating on social media. Thus began the rumours that the bridge had been washed away mere hours after it was inaugurated. However, the government of Andhra Pradesh addressed these rumours. Here is what they said.

Andhra Govt: Vizag Floating Bridge Detached For Mock Drill

According to an article which was recently published by NDTV, the government of Andhra Pradesh says that the bridge was detached as part of a mock drill. An official statement was released by the Vishakhapatnam Metropolitan Region Development Authority or VMRDA.

In it, officials said that owing to the high tides, the T-shaped viewing deck was purposely detached and kept near the anchors. This was done with the aim of checking its stability. It was a mock drill that the officials were attempting to undertake.

However, when some saw the gap, they assumed that the bridge was broken. They subsequently shared the images online which gave rise to the rumour that the bridge was inferior in quality and that it had broken hours after its inauguration. 

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Other Important Details To Know About This Incident

The bridge was unveiled by the Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party or YSRCP. Rajya Sabha Member Y V Subba Reddy inaugurated the floating bridge with a lot of hubbub. These rumours, hence, proved to be quite embarrassing.

On Monday, the general public was disallowed from going on the bridge owing to the strong ocean currents and a drastic change in the weather. The VMRDA has also stated that the T-shaped bridge will continue to detach in the future as well. 

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