Imagine yourself sitting in a Coffee shop and the above scenery is the view on one of your sides. And the view on the other side is this –
Don’t you think it would be a wonderful experience? You don’t have to go to Europe or Africa to experience this view, as it is available right at home in Chennai!
The Thiru-vi-ka bridge (Adyar bridge) that connects Mandaveli and Adyar (in Chennai) is a relatively newer construction (constructed during ’73). In its place, we had (have) the Elphinstone bridge that was constructed way back in 1840, when Mr. Elphinstone was the Governor of Madras. (I have a policy of not having any Lord’s in my blog)
This bridge now houses some water/sewer pipelines and a solid slab covers almost the entire stretch (on its top). Here is how it looks –
Since the Elphinstone bridge is a 173-year old bridge (and still standing), the Government/ASI could look at declaring it as a heritage structure. Secondly, since it is located over the Adyar river (which is polluted, but it’s restoration is underway), the view on both the sides is simply amazing. So, why not develop it as a tourist spot, with details about the Adyar river, the bridge and other surrounding areas put up on the bridge? If the bridge is strong enough, maybe we can also have a small coffee shop above it?
That’s not all about the bridge. The river that flows under it is home to a lot of birds (maybe some of them are migratory). It also has thick vegetation all around it. Have a look –
It seems the Govt. has plans to set-up a bird observatory with a small bird-watching scope from here. It is a good idea and should be implemented immediately. Such observatories are very much required in other places in the city also, like Pallikaranai and OMR/ECR, etc.
The smell from the river, though polluted, is not as bad as it used to be. At least, I didn’t fell it. Some land-areas around the bridge had some waste, but that could be easily cleaned up.
For the view this place offers and for the amount of birds/vegetation it has, the Elphinstone bridge seems to be a good place to develop as a prospective tourist destination. What do you think?
PS-1: For more information about the bridge and what is being done, read this Hindu article.
PS-2: This is a part of our social initiatives at Chennai Bloggers Club (CBC), a Facebook group, where we Bloggers want to contribute in some way to improve our city.