Mumbai: Following the Mahad bridge collapse, Trushna Vishwasrao, Sena House leader in the civic body, on Monday wrote to the civic chief Ajoy Mehta, citing the audit of dilapidated bridges in the city. The Sena leader has asked Mehta to examine the structural audit of dilapidated bridges in the island city and suburbs and to submit the report to all civic corporators.
Vishwasrao said, “Many lives were lost after the British era bridge collapsed in Mahad. Therefore, the authorities should be more alert about the issue of dilapidated bridges in order to avoid such unfortunate events.”
Also, Mehta has already claimed that the civic body will conduct an audit of all the 314 bridges in the island city and the suburbs. According to a senior civic official, “There are over 70 British-era bridges in the city, out of which 41 for vehicular traffic and 30 for pedestrian traffic. The civic chief has ordered for an audit of all bridges.”
Earlier in 2014, the Standing Technical Advisory committee, state-appointed committee for the inspections of roads in the city, declared 58 bridges unsafe, out of which 34 are under the jurisdiction of the MCGM. Back then, the civic body had decided that it will outsource the surveying of the bridges, however till date; nothing of this sort has been done.
The Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai had previously repaired few rail over bridges after the railway authorities complained about the condition of the bridges. Moreover, bridges like Hancock and the Carnac Bridge at Sandhurst Road and Masjid Bunder were in bad shape. After a disagreement between the railway authorities and the civic body, the Hancock Bridge was razed on November 2015.
The issue of safety of the bridges has been lately raised by political leaders in the MCGM following the Mahad tragedy where more than 20 people lost their lives after the British-era Bridge on the Mumbai-Goa highway collapsed.