The Task Force for Quality Assurance in Public Constructions, set up by the State Government, has recommended the installation of Health Monitoring Devices on major bridges across the State to ensure better maintenance.

Speaking to presspersons on the sidelines of a seminar on ‘Total quality management in construction and maintenance of bridges' organised by the Hubli-Dharwad Centre of Indian Institution of Bridge Engineers (IIBE) here on Friday, Chairman of the task force S. Vishwanath said the installation of such devices would help in the early detection of problem areas.

Proposal sent

The task force had sent a proposal in this regard to the State Government, recommending the installation of the devices on major bridges to facilitate real time checking of strength and monitoring the impact of traffic from a centralised system, he said.

“If you come across any problem, it can be addressed immediately. Such a system is already in use abroad, and we have proposed the same to be implemented in Karnataka,” he said.

Brackish water

Answering a query, he said the use of brackish water in construction was a major cause of concern, especially in the construction of bridges in north Karnataka as it leads to corrosion, especially if the bridge was built using reinforced cement concrete.

The task force had taken note of the issue and the engineers had been asked to avoid use of brackish water for construction, he said.


Mr. Vishwanath said the task force had begun its efforts to upgrade the knowledge base of engineers and had plans to conduct orientation programmes for them at all revenue divisions in the State.

  • It will check strength of bridge in real time

  • ‘Proposal sent to State Government'