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BMC to build software to monitor city bridges

On shaky ground: A view of Chinchpokli bridge, which was declared unsafe this year.

On shaky ground: A view of Chinchpokli bridge, which was declared unsafe this year.   | Photo Credit: vivek Bendre

System will have data on inspections conducted, repairs needed

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is developing a bridge management system (BMS) to monitor the condition of bridges in the city.

The BMC has already made it mandatory to conduct an inspection of every bridge twice a year. Data from the inspections will be fed into the system so that it can send alerts on pending inspections, notices, reports, and repairs. The BMC has invited bidders to develop the software.

After the Himalaya Bridge collapse in March, former BMC chief Ajoy Mehta had formed an inquiry committee. In its report, the committee recommended the creation of a Bridge Inspection Authority with a chief bridge inspector to define a standard operating procedure for inspections and suggest remedial action for bridges in need of repairs.

As part of these reforms, the BMC wants to develop the software for better monitoring of bridges and taking action such as minor and major repairs, and demolition and reconstruction. The BMC wants to appoint an agency for implementing the system and developing the advanced software.

Crucial information

Vijay Singhal, additional municipal commissioner, said, “We will get to know about the life of a bridge and what kind of repairs has it undergone. The system will tell us which bridges should be taken up immediately for major or minor repairs.”

The software will consist of drawings of existing bridges, present data (current status) of bridge structures collected by field consultants and uploaded on BMC’s mobile app, a maintenance/repair module, and a deterioration/behaviour module. The system is expected to classify bridges according to their level of deterioration. This data will be imposed on a map of Mumbai and civic officers can click on a bridge in any area to get all the information available on it.

The consultant will also advise on rehabilitation, strengthening and reconstruction work. There will be a ranking system for bridges based on priority for maintenance. Once the software is developed, the contractor will also have to train the BMC engineers on how to use it and share information on the maintenance contract. The BMC will provide the contractor with an office space. The project is expected to take five years for completion.

An engineer from the BMC’s Bridges Department said, “The last date for sale of tenders was August 2, but we have not got any response yet as it is a technical and skilled job. We will be giving an extension.”

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