Mumbai: The collapse of the Gokhale bridge in Andheri has put the spotlight back on the lack of proper management of bridges in the Mumbai region.
There are 274 bridges in the city and suburbs which need a structural audit. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) passed a proposal to carry out a structural audit of these bridges, but the report has not come out and the repair work of these bridges has been delayed.
According to a recent visual survey by the BMC, at least 56 bridges in Mumbai city are in a poor condition and need urgent repairs. Of the 56 bridges found to be in dilapidated condition, 22 are located in the island city, 30 in the eastern suburbs and four in the western suburbs.
The Mumbai civic body had ordered the visual inspection in 2009 after a State-appointed Standing Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) for roads found most bridges in the city to be in poor shape.
The Mumbai civic body has now woken up to the need for periodic maintenance of these bridges.
Sheetalprasad Kori, Chief Engineer of the Roads Department of the BMC said that the report will come out by July end. “As soon as the report comes, the BMC will start repairing and maintenance of the dilapidated bridges,” said Kori.
There are 274 bridges including pedestrian bridges, over bridges and flyovers out of which 22 bridges in city and 34 in eastern and western suburbs are tagged as dangerous. Out of which Masjid Bunder bridge has been repaired and the Hancock bridge at Sandhurst Road has been demolished.