Bridges to un­dergo

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - Live - - THANE - Megha Pol

THANE: Fol­low­ing the bridge col­lapse at Ma­had on Tues­day night, the pub­lic works depart­ment (PWD) in Thane has de­cided to un­der­take a struc­tural au­dit of all bridges in Thane city.

The guardian min­is­ter of Thane and state PWD min­is­ter Ek­nath Shinde di­rected of­fi­cials to carry a struc­tural au­dit of all the bridges across the dis­trict ir­re­spec­tive of its age. Shinde has drafted a let­ter to the rail­way au­thor­i­ties, ask­ing them to get all their bridges au­dited.

The col­lapse of the Bri­tishera bridge over Sav­itri river has high­lighted the is­sue of old and ill-main­tained bridges across the state.

The Thane dis­trict has bridges across Thane creek, Ul­has river, Kalu river and the Vald­huni river. The au­thor­i­ties have al­ready closed the Kalwa bridge along the Thane creek as a pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sure.

Shinde said, “There are many old bridges across the dis­trict. I have given di­rec­tives to the PWD depart­ment to carry out au­dit of all these bridges on war foot­ing. Based on the au­dit re­port, the re­pair works on those found faulty should im­me­di­ately be un­der­taken.”

“We will en­sure that the depart­ment does not face any bud­get crunch for re­pairs. Apart from this, the dis­trict also has sev­eral old rail­way bridges. I have drafted a let­ter to the rail­way au­thor­i­ties to carry out an au­dit of their bridges,” said Shinde.

Shinde said apart from re­pair­ing the bridge, those which are old and weak will be closed down im­me­di­ately. New bridges will be con­structed in place of the old ones, he said.

JN Gangurde, ex­ec­u­tive en­gi­neer of PWD, Thane, said, “There are many bridges in Thane, but not many are old. We had con­ducted meet­ing to start the au­dit of those bridges which are old and in dan­ger­ous con­di­tion. We have closed some of them like the Dur­gadi bridge for traf­fic.”

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