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Seminar discusses challenges in bridge construction

Of the 1,20,000 bridges some 45 per cent were over 100 years old and 75,000 were over 80 years oldPamban bridge to be upgraded into a broad gauge with an investment of Rs. 50 crore

CHENNAI: With the Indian Railways' proposal to increase the axle load capacity to 25 tonnes, the department has launched a pilot study on the effect of overload on railway bridges in the country.

This and other subjects featured at a two-day seminar of Institute of Permanent Way Engineers held in the city. It was inaugurated by R. Velu, Minister of State for Railways, here on Friday. More than 300 delegates from the various railway zones discussed methods to construct, inspect, rehabilitate and maintain bridges.

Mr. Velu, who released a souvenir and gave away mementos to winners of last year's seminar, said of the 1,20,000 bridges some 45 per cent were over 100 years old and 75,000 were over 80 years old.

R.R. Jaruhar, member engineering, Railway Board and Thomas Varghese, general manager, Southern Railway, participated.

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