20 Oct
2019

Khidderpore Dock Snag hits Bascule bridge vehicles ships affected

first_imgKolkata: An official statement of Calcutta Port Trust said, “It was opened yesterday at around 10 am but it refused to close properly since one of the four locks under the bridge has gone inactive. Experts are working on it, hopefully it will be functional by tomorrow.”The bascule bridge on Garden Reach Road passing over Khidderpore Dock of Kolkata Port went out of commission from Tuesday morning, following which vehicles were prohibited from using it and movement of ships were also affected. As vehicular movement was disrupted, traffic police had to divert buses and other vehicles in the area. However, pedestrians were allowed to use the bridge on Wednesday. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaThe bascule bridge on Hooghly divides into two and rises up to allow ships to pass under it. An official statement of Calcutta Port Trust said, “It was opened yesterday at around 10 am but it refused to close properly since one of the four locks under the bridge has gone inactive. Experts are working on it, hopefully it will be functional by tomorrow.” Sources said after one lock became defunct, the bridge did not join properly and as a result vehicles were unable to pass through the bridge. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellers According to KoPT, the bridge often faces technical snags and to fix the problems permanently, the authorities will need six months. During this period, with cooperation from the traffic police, the traffic can be diverted, it added. “We are ready for an alternate road. There are some encroachments on the dock’s east bound road. We have spoken to the authorities concerned, including police and KMC. An alternative road of about 3 km will serve the purpose of commuters for those six months,” said an official. The Bascule Bridge is an important link between Garden Reach and Central and eastern parts of Kolkata. It provides better connectivity to the South Eastern Railway’s headquarters in Garden Reach and its central hospital. Police said they were diverting the traffic through Remount Road, Coal Berth Road and Dock East Boundary Road. “We have restricted movement of trucks leaving the port. Nearly 1,600-1,700 trucks enter and leave the port area to upload and offload goods,” said a KoPT official. As per Kolkata Traffic Police officials, buses coming from Garden Reach side were being diverted to Khidderpore via Hide Road Crossing and Coal Berth Road. Private and small vehicles were being moved through Swing Bridge. “These diversions will continue till the bridge becomes completely functional,” said an official. The bridge was designed, fabricated and erected by M/s. Waagner Biro Bridge Systems AG of Austria. The bridge was commissioned in 1966. There are only two more Scherzer bridges in India. One bridge is at Mumbai Port, which has a single leaf, and the other is under Southern Railway between Mandapam and Pamban Island, known as Pamban Bridge.(Inputs from The IndianExpress)last_img read more

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25 Sep
2019

Romanian murderer tried to stab woman to death in street weeks after

first_imgI saw my wife on the floor covered in blood… I managed to punch him in the face between the eyesNicursor Gheorghe Describing how he managed to stop Mihai from killing the woman, Mr Gheorghe said: “I saw my wife on the floor covered in blood. I went after him and managed to punch him in the face between the eyes.”The case was adjourned and Mihai was remanded into custody until sentencing on March 12.Judge Amjad Nawaz told him he faced up to 20 years in prison and would be deported on his release.He said “You are somebody with a predisposition to act in a violent way and a lengthy sentence awaits you.” Friend Gama Bobi told the court: “He told me he was going to kill someone and go to jail for ten years. I thought he was joking because he had drunk too much.”The court heard Mihai then staggered across the road to where his half-brother and Mrs Mihai were waiting for a bus. A Romanian murderer tried to stab a woman to death in the middle of a busy street just weeks after being allowed into the UK following a seven-year prison sentence, a court heard.Gheorghe Mihai, 38, told a friend he wanted to kill again moments before knifing his sister-in-law in the face when he turned into a “man possessed”, a court heard.He repeatedly stabbed Roxana Mihai, 23, after she interrupted a conversation he was having with her husband Nicursor Gheorghe, who was also his half-brother.Mihai chased the woman down a street in Wolverhampton, before catching up to her when she tripped over on the pavement. Mihai then repeatedly stabbed her five times in the face, back and arm.She was only saved when her husband managed to wrestle Mihai off her and punch him in the face. Mihai, of Wolverhampton, then ran to a garage, where he was arrested by police on August 7 last year. Wolverhampton Crown Courtcenter_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The case was heard at Wolverhampton Crown CourtCredit:Google Street View A jury at Wolverhampton Crown Court took two hours to find Mihai guilty of attempted murder and possession of an offensive weapon.The court heard Mihai was jailed for seven years after murdering a man in his native Romania in 2006.He moved to the UK early last year and, on the day he attacked Mrs Gheorghe, he had been drinking and boasting to friends about how he was going to kill again.last_img read more

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