Crossing the Tungabhadra River to Anagundi in a corracle ferry - Feb 2002

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John van Leeuwen on February 18, 2010

Hi Max, Didn't know how to contact you. My photo was taken after the collapse. The bridge collapsed in Feb 2009 and my photo was taken on 15/03/2009. Some people believe there are still bodies under the collapsed span. If you want to know more about the bridge let me know. Regards John

MaxFarrar on March 2, 2010

John: This is a very good way to contact me. A reply on your own picture would have reached me too. Panoramio is very good that way. I have had some very good exchanges with people who've taken interesting pix over the last couple years.

As for the bridge, I am still amazed. Sorry to hear about the possibility of fatalities. Did you take any more pictures of it from the side, like over where I took this pic? Is the other end still standing? Yes, I would like to hear more about it if you have any more information.

What I heard in Feb 2002 was that the UN would withdraw World Heritage status from Vijayanagara if the gap were bridged and the major road completed, causing heavy truck traffic through the area. A rare case of the economic benefits ecology outweighing the economic greed of more development. I guess World Heritage status is pretty safe now.

I am looking forward to hearing more.

Jean-Marc Allet on March 9, 2010

Un pont s’écroule sur le site du patrimoine mondial de Hampi (Inde)

Le pont effondré. vendredi 13 février 2009

Le 22 janvier 2009, le Pont de Anegundi, situé sur le site du patrimoine mondial de l'Ensemble monumental de Hampi, s'est effondré causant la mort de 8 ouvriers en bâtiment. Le pont inachevé sur la rivière de Tungabhadra s'est écroulé sous le poids du supplément de béton utilisé pour achever sa construction. Ce drame survient quelques semaines après la reprise des travaux qui avaient été interrompus pendant 9 ans.

L'Ensemble monumental de Hampi a été inscrit en 1999 sur la Liste du patrimoine mondial en péril en partie en raison de la construction de deux ponts dont l'un d'eux était le pont d'Anegundi. Ce pont suspendu, construit que partiellement à l'époque, dominait l'environnement naturel au cœur de la zone archéologique du site, menaçant l'intégrité du site du patrimoine mondial tant par son impact visuel que par la densité du trafic engendrés dans la zone protégée

En 2000, l'UNESCO et l'ICOMOS avaient recommandé qu'un autre site pour ce pont soit identifié pendant l'élaboration de la politique d'ensemble du site. Reconnaissant la nécessité d'achever ce pont de façon temporaire afin de faciliter le passage de la rivière, des efforts avaient été proposés et exécutés entre 2003 et 2006 afin d'atténuer les menaces pesant sur le site. Ils comprenaient notamment la construction d'une route de contournement et des mesures de contrôle.

En 2006, le Comité du patrimoine mondial a retiré Hampi de la Liste du patrimoine en péril en demandant à l'Etat partie, d'une part, de «reconsidérer et d'adapter le design et les dimensions du pont de Anegundi... afin de respecter l'intégrité visuelle du bien » et, d'autre part, de répondre à long terme aux préoccupations sur les conséquences de la circulation suscitée par le pont et sur les projets de constructions indésirables.

Le site spectaculaire de Hampi a été inscrit sur la Liste du patrimoine mondial en 1986 comme un témoignage de la dernière capitale du grand royaume hindou de Vijayanagar. Les vestiges de temples et de palais fabuleux, ainsi que les galeries marchandes qui suscitèrent autrefois l'admiration des voyageurs entre le XIVème et le XVIème siècle demeurent, encore à ce jour, dans un cadre naturel impressionnant caractérisé par de gigantesques blocs de granit et par la rivière Tungabhadra.

MaxFarrar on March 9, 2010

Thank you Jean-Marc for the further sad information about the bridge collapse.

Here is a rough translation of Jean-Marc's comment using Google translate:

A bridge collapsed on the World Heritage site at Hampi (India) The bridge collapsed. Friday, February 13, 2009 On January 22, 2009, Anegundi Bridge, located on the World Heritage site of the Group of Monuments at Hampi, collapsed killing 8 construction workers. The unfinished bridge over the river Tungabhadra collapsed under the weight of additional concrete used to complete its construction. The tragedy comes just weeks after the resumption of work that had been interrupted for 9 years.

The Group of Monuments at Hampi was inscribed in 1999 on the List of World Heritage in Danger in part due to the construction of two bridges, one of them was the bridge Anegundi. This suspension bridge, built in part at the time, dominated the natural environment at the heart of the archaeological site, threatening the integrity of World Heritage Site both for its visual impact as the traffic density generated in the area Protected

In 2000, UNESCO and ICOMOS had recommended another site for this bridge is identified during the development of policy for the site. Recognizing the need to complete the bridge temporarily to facilitate the passage of the river, efforts had been proposed and implemented between 2003 and 2006 to mitigate the threats to the site. They included the construction of a bypass and control measures.

In 2006, the World Heritage Committee has removed the Hampi World Heritage List in Danger in requesting the State party, first, to "review and adapt the design and dimensions of the bridge Anegundi ... to respect the visual integrity of the property "and, secondly, to meet long-term concerns about the impact of traffic generated by the bridge and construction projects side.

The spectacular site of Hampi was inscribed on the List of World Heritage in 1986 as a token of the last capital of the great Hindu Kingdom of Vijayanagar. The remains of temples and fabulous palaces and shopping malls that once aroused the admiration of travelers between the fourteenth and sixteenth century remain to this day, in a natural impressive characterized by huge blocks of granite and River Tungabhadra.

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