BMC to repair dilapidated bridges at the cost of ₹8 crore

After the accident at Himalaya footover bridge, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation's (BMC) bridge department has decided to conduct the structural audit of all the bridges across Mumbai

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In an attempt to avoid any untoward incidents, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is planning to repair six bridges across Mumbai that are in dilapidated condition in the eastern suburbs at a cost of ₹8 crore. 

The move comes after the collapse of the Himalaya foot overbridge, an accident that killed six people and injured 36 victims. Accordingly, the municipal corporation had decided to reevaluate the bridges and conduct the structural audit of the city's bridges.

After which, based on the structural audit report, the civic body found out that some of the bridges across Mumbai needed minor repairs whereas some of the constructions were dangerous for use and required immediate attention.

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As a result, BMC will now repair sic bridges in the eastern suburbs at the cost of ₹7,79,14,00. Earlier, some bridges were immediately closed by BMC for public use as they were in a weary condition, awaiting an untoward incident to happen.

On the other hand, keeping in mind the bridge collapse incidents in Mumbai, the railways have decided that along with steel and concrete, it will also use carbon fibre for bridge construction. With the use of carbon, it will help minimalise the chances of any incident related to bridge collapse. 

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Meanwhile, on the advice of the Structural Designers and Consultants, the bridges at Ghatkopar, Vikhroli, Powai, and Mulund will be repaired by the API Civilcon Pvt Ltd.

The estimated time for the repair work to be concluded is 18 months, excluding the monsoon months.

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