BMC to reconstruct 14 damaged bridges

Apart from 14 bridges, the audit also revealed that 61 bridges are in need of major repairs and 107 bridges in need of minor repairs

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Mumbaikars gear up for more traffic congestion in a couple of days now as the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is planning to reconstruct 14 damaged bridges. The audit also revealed that 61 bridges are in need of major repairs and 107 bridges need minor repairs.

On July 3, a part of Gokhale bridge collapsed on railway tracks between Andheri and Vile Parle claiming two lives. The bridge was subsequently closed for repairs, resulting in traffic chaos in the area. Post the Gokhale bridge crash, the BMC officials had asked for the audit report of the bridges to be presented without delay. From July 23, the Delisle bridge of Lower Parel was also closed over safety concerns, causing traffic congestion in the vicinity.

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One of the senior officials said that they have accelerated the work to ensure that reconstruction of the 14 bridges takes place well in time.
 
The civic body officials said that of 18 bridges that were originally marked for demolition and reconstruction in the audit report, only 14 will be by the BMC as other four bridges belonged to railways, MMRDA and private layouts.

These four bridges are the vehicular bridge on Hans Bhugra Marg pipeline in Vakola, Santacruz, under MMRDA, the bridge at Ramnagar Chowk in Kandivali (West), the FOB at Tilak Nagar station under the railways, and the bridge at Chirag Nagar in the eastern suburbs, which falls in a private layout.  

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