BMC audits 296 out of 314 bridges in Mumbai

Following the collapse of Andheri Gokhale bridge and the Himalaya bridge at CSMT, the BMC has audited 296 bridges out of 314 bridges in Mumbai.

BMC audits 296 out of 314 bridges in Mumbai

Mumbai’s civic body, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has audited 296 out of 314 bridges in Mumbai post the accident of the Himalayan bridge in CSMT.

As per reports, following the collapse of Andheri Gokhale bridge that occurred in July 2018 claiming lives of two people and the collapse of Himalaya bridge at CSMT killing seven people, the structural audit of all bridges was conducted.

Moreover, the BMC is to conduct minor repairs of 106 bridges and major repairs of 87 bridges. Even though most of this work has already started, the emphasis will be on completing the work on the bridges before the monsoons. At present Hancock, Karnak, Mahalakshmi Railway Station, Mahim Causeway, Neelkanth, Mankhurd, Vidyavihar, Barvenagar, Renaissance, Haritnala, Veer Sambhajinagar Mulund, Laxmibagh at Ghatkopar, Jogeshwari Ratannagar, Koro Kendra and Mrinaltai Gore are being repaired.

After the collapse of the Himalayan bridge, the Municipal Corporation inspected the bridges. The eight bridges that need repair work are Mahalaxmi Railway Station, Curry Road Railway Bridge, Sion Railway Bridge, Lokmanya Tilak Dadar flyover, Dadar Phool Market bridge, Mahim Phatak bridge and Dadar Dharavi nullah foot overbridge. Meanwhile, the Civic Bridges Department has presented a report to standing committee informing that repair cost of eight bridges has been increased by further ₹8 crores.

Back in 2018, after the collapse of the pedestrian pathway of Gokhale Bridge, Piyush Goyal had ordered an inspection on all the bridges on the suburban section of Mumbai. This audit was further conducted by IIT-Bombay along with officials from CR, WR and the BMC.

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