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PWD to inspect 20,000 bridges in Maharashtra

Indian Navy's rescue team retrieves the wreckage of one of the two buses that were washed away after a British-era bridge on the Savitri river in Mahad collapsed in August 2016.

Indian Navy's rescue team retrieves the wreckage of one of the two buses that were washed away after a British-era bridge on the Savitri river in Mahad collapsed in August 2016.  

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The Public Works Department (PWD) will soon undertake an inspection of 20,000 bridges across the State to assess their condition and prevent incidents like bridge collapse and other mishaps, an official said on Thursday.

The exercise will help maintain the bridges in good condition in all districts, superintending engineer Vidyadhar Sardeshmukh, PWD, Nagpur, said.

A British-era bridge on the Savitri river in Mahad city of Raigad district collapsed in August 2016. Following the collapse, two buses moving on the bridge got washed away, killing over 40 people.

Mr. Sardeshmukh said the Nagpur PWD office has already floated tenders for appointing a consultancy to take up examination of bridges. “There are nearly 20,000 bridges which will be thoroughly examined, including the British-era arch bridges. The State will spend ₹20 crore on this exercise.”

He said, “Bridges having a minimum length of six metres or more will be examined as part of the exercise. Since bases of many bridges remain under water, the inspecting agency will take the help of divers to assess the foundation of such bridges.”

Several other aspects, including the strength of a bridge, will also be studied. The examining agency will submit its report and suggestions to the PWD within a period of six months following which repairs of bridges will be undertaken.

“The agency will also monitor the repair works for three years,” the official said.

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