Black Bridge (The Nilgiris)

The Black Bridge (now the Manekshaw Bridge) is a historic bridge in Wellington, The Nilgiris District. It connects Wellington to the Ooty - Coonoor road. The bridge was constructed in 1858, when it collapsed before its completion. It was initially known as the Waterloo Bridge. The bridge was constructed again in 1878 using wooden structures.[1] It was then commonly referred to as the Black Bridge, as the bridge was built of Burmese teak and was painted black.[2][3]


The bridge was declared to be unsafe in the 1950s. The wooden decking of the bridge was replaced by a concrete counterpart in 1963. The bridge was deemed unsafe again in 2005, after which it was demolished completely and rebuilt.[2][3]

See also


  1. "Wellington Of Yesteryears" (PDF). Retrieved 2011-11-28.
  2. Thiagarajan, Shantha (Mar 9, 2009). "Coonoor's Black bridge to be named after Manekshaw". The Times of India. Retrieved 2011-11-28.
  3. "INDIA-BRITISH-RAJ-L Archives". Retrieved 2011-11-28.

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