Dehradun: The Laxmi Nahoola of Rishikesh has been closed for vehicular traffic late on Saturday night. Now only people will be able to travel on foot on this completed bridge. The government decided to stop vehicular traffic on the bridge late Saturday night. However, the businessmen of Rishikesh are protesting against the closure of Laxman Jhoola. In view of this, it has been discontinued for two-wheelers only. The bridge connects Rishikesh to Swargaashram.
Uttarakhand CM Trivendra Singh Rawat said on Saturday that a new bridge will be constructed near the iconic Laxman Jhoola bridge on the river Ganga, the holy city of Rishikesh. The state government on Friday decided to close the iconic bridge Laxman Jhoola, built in 1920, for safety reasons.
CM Rawat has said that in front of the huge crowd during the Kanwar Mela, it was not advisable to keep the bridge open, as the safety of the people is our priority. "This is the reason why the bridge has been closed for two-wheelers and the authorities have been instructed to make alternative arrangements as soon as possible," CM Rawat told Yameshwar MLA Ritu Khanduri.