Pa­tripool bridge to be re­viewed in a week

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - Live - - THANE - Pad­mja Sinha

KALYAN: The MSRDC of­fi­cials will con­duct a struc­tural au­dit of Bri­tish-era Pa­tripool bridge in Kalyan in a week.

The 105-year-old bridge is a link to Kalyan east and west.

“Some mo­torists told us about cracks on the bridge. A struc­tural au­dit was pro­posed after ex­am­in­ing the bridge and the road. The bridge is un­der the ju­ris­dic­tion of MSRDC.We­haveasked­of­fi­cial­sto check the bridge’s strength,” said Ki­ran Surve, tehsil­dar of Kalyan.

Few mo­torists from the area no­ticed the crack and in­ti­mated the of­fi­cials about the is­sue to avert big­ger tragedy.

“The Pa­tripool bridge is said to be some 105 years old. Heavy ve­hi­cles con­tinue to ply on it,” Ad­vait Gharat, a city-based ac­tivist.

KDMC mayor Ra­jen­dra Devlekar as­sured res­i­dents that the bridge was safe. “The 25-me­tre stretch of Dur­gadi bridge which links Kalyan and Bhi­wandi is dan­ger­ous and will be re­paired im­me­di­ately and traf­fic will be shut down on the stretch,” said Devlekar.

The bridge was re­paired in 2007. “The old Dur­gadi bridge is in bad con­di­tion and traf­fic needs to be stopped on the stretch,” said KDMC of­fi­cials.

The mayor vis­ited the new Dur­gadi bridge to re­view it.

“Pa­tripool, old Dur­gadi and new Dur­gadi bridges have been given to MSRDC. I have asked them to sub­mit a re­port and con­duct struc­tural au­dit if nec­es­sary. We will also check the other bridges,” said the mayor.

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