In a year or less, Mylapore may lose a civic landmark which all people take for granted – the small bridge over the Buckingham Canal linking Kutchery Road, built in the colonial times.
The bridge, which connects the Luz side with the San Thome side on Kutchery Road has stood here for over one hundred years.
But it may have to go when work begins on the Chennai Metro rail line, the line planned from Light House to Porur/Poonamallee that runs through the area.
The underground network will require the demolition of a few structures and may well include this bridge.
The single-span bridge, with two small vents on either side to take the overflow of waters is like the many that were built on the Canal for the improved transportation in the city.
Today, the Canal carries sludge and waste and breeds mosquitoes.