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13 December, 2009

Sg Kerian bridge demolished for Rail project

NIBONG TEBAL: The historical iron bridge built by the British over Kerian River in the 1800s has been demolished to facilitate the Ipoh-Padang Besar Electrified Double-Track Project.

According to an official from KTM Bhd, trains are currently using a temporary single-track line pending the completion of the 329km project.

The official said the iron bridge in Nibong Tebal, South Seberang Prai, was dismantled about a year ago for the project and the materials were recycled.

State Works, Utilities and Transportation Committee chairman Lim Hock Seng could not be reached for comment.

Yesterday, Universiti Sains Malaysia’s School of Social Sciences senior lecturer Dr Saidatulakmal Mohd expressed disappointment over the bridge’s disappearance as it had heritage value and unique architectural designs in the form of semi-circle arches.

She said that the bridge connected Perak and Penang.

Dr Saidatulakmal is heading a project on Penang’s undiscovered heritage.

She also said that the project’s objective was to gather information on the island and mainland’s many historical sites.

-- The Star --