After Himalaya FOB collapse, BMC decides to conduct an audit 81 structures again

Professor DD Desai's firm had mentioned that the Himalaya FOB was safe in its audit report submitted in August 2018. However, six people lost their lives and 36 were injured due to the collapse, which raised many questions about their audit.

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Mumbai's civic body, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has decided that it will now audit all the bridges and FOBs every year. This decision was taken after the foot over bridge (FOB) collapsed near Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj terminus in Mumbai last week.

According to the reports, a BMC official has said that an inspection authority will be formed to conduct the audit of these bridges and will issue certificates after the audit. The decision has been taken to ensure the safety of the bridges and to avoid such incidents in the future.

In a recently held meeting, BMC has clarified that the audit report submitted by Professor DD Desai firm had performed a survey of 82 bridges and not 39 as mentioned before. The team had audited several structures in Dadar, Worli, Parel, Fort, Byculla, Marine Drive, Dongri, Chandanwadi, and Prabhadevi. The reports mentioned that three were dilapidated, 17 bridges were good, 43 needed minor repairs, and 19 required major repairs. However, All these bridges need to re-inspected, said an official from the civic body. Keeping the same in mind, BMC has now decided to re-audit 81 other structures, and fresh tenders for the same will be issued soon.

Moreover, the team had mentioned the Himalaya Foot overbridge (FOB) near Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) to be safe in its audit report submitted in August 2018. However, six people lost their lives and 36 were injured due to the collapse.

Two other auditors in the eastern and western suburbs have been directed to re-audit the structures, who will now be with the completion of the work, as guided within the next month.

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