Jamshedpur : The initiative to install protective net on the twin Mango bridge (known as Jayprakash Narayan Setu) to act as guard against frequent suicides finally began. The much-awaited project of putting up iron safety nets along the sides of both the bridges to prevent people from suicides was started by Mango Notified Area Committee (MNAC) the local civic body of Mango this morning.
JNAC special officer Dipak Sahay said that work has been distributed between MNAC and JNAC on the total project. The total project cost of installation of iron safety nets is Rs 40 lakh and it will be shared equally between both JNAC and MNAC.
While MNAC will install the iron mesh on the lower portion of the old link, JNAC will do the same on the other end of the new bridge. As per the tender agreement the work has to be complete by January 15.The city has seen 177 suicides till November this year with nine fatal falls from Mango bridge.
The Mango bridge from where people, mostly youngsters tend to jump for committing suicide falls under Sitaramdera and Mango police station areas respectively. On an average two incidents of attempted suicide take place at the Mango bridge every month.
City-based suicide prevention centre director M Ram said that limiting the availability of one method of committing suicide is reported to reduce the overall suicide rate. Suicide and injury suicide preventive measures should be considered. A study also demonstrates that bridges attract suicide candidates. He went on to add that the situation was becoming serious.
We had requested the administration to provide safety nets on the twin bridges over Subernarekha. Once the sides of the bridge are covered with nets, the people will not be able to come to the bridge for committing suicide by jumping into the river.