Foreigners also Joined Kannara Bridge Protection Forum

Published on: 29 Nov, 2012
Published under: Education News Kerala, General Kerala News, Kollam District News

27 Nov 2012

Hundreds of people, including social activists from foreign countries, took part in the ‘Family Leaders Meet‘ organized by the 13 Kannara Bridge Protection Forum recently. The meet was held as part of the initiative to mobilize mass support to save the 108-year-old 13 Kannara viaduct from being demolished.

Marisekiguchi Kurosaki, a Japanese social activist and a school teacher, had travelled all the way from Tokyo to Thenmala to take part in the meet. She came to know about the forum’s struggle to protect the bridge from the internet a week ago. Another foreigner, Latta Rachentrdn, a Swedish research scholar from Stockholm, who visited the place, came out open against the move of the authorities to disfigure the bridge. She said that back in Sweden people give much importance in preserving these kinds of heritage architectures than anything. “There should be development but that doesn’t mean that it should come at the cost of our history,” she said.

Chairman of the forum A T Philip said that the forum has got around 10 proposals from engineering students and a delegation will be going to New Delhi soon to submit a mass petition signed by the people to President Pranab Mukherjee, prime minister Manmohan Singh and Indian Railways authorities.


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