BMC was in bridge inspection mode before Thane train mishap
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Last Updated: Saturday, October 24, 2009, 17:04
Mumbai: A day after an over-the-tracks bridge fell on a suburban train in Thane killing two people, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Saturday said it had started inspection and repair works of nearly 58 dilapidated bridges in the metropolis prior to the mishap.

"The repair work on old bridges in the city had already started before yesterday's incident. We had begun assessment of work on old bridges as per the Standing Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) findings," additional municipal commissioner R A Rajeev told a news agency.

The STAC headed by N V Merani had in 2007 brought to the notice of BMC, 58 bridges in the city that were "dangerous" and in "unsafe" condition.

"We have visited most of those unsafe bridges. We have already begun repair works on few bridges like Kennedy Bridge in South Mumbai, King Circle bridge and few others," chief engineer (Roads and Engineering) Shirdhar Joshi said.

Also, we are in the process of appointing consultants so that they can carry out more detailed investigation and fix the repair works on priority basis, he said.

According to a STAC report, of the 58 bridges that are in bad shape, 22 are in the island city, 30 in eastern suburbs and six in western suburbs.

"We have also created a different section for carrying out repair works of old bridges in the city in the road department. They carry out detailed investigation and assess the old bridges and do the repairs as required," Rajeev said.

Bureau Report

First Published: Saturday, October 24, 2009, 17:04

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