Days after the CSMT bridge collapse, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will issue a fresh tender to re-audit 81 other structures in Mumbai.
According to the Hindustan Times, the BMC also clarified that Professor DD Desai firm, which termed the Himalaya Foot overbridge (FOB) near Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) safe in its audit report in August 2018, had surveyed 82 bridges, not 39. The BMC as claimed that Professor DD Desai firm surveyed structures in zone one which include areas like Fort, Byculla, Marine Drive, Dongri, Chandanwadi and in zone two which includes areas like Dadar, Worli, Parel, Prabhadevi.
The firm had audited 82 bridges out which it categorised 17 bridges as in good condition, 43 as which needed minor repairs, 19 which needed major repairs and 3 in a dilapidated condition. Last year, three firms, including Professor DD Desai firm, audited 305 of 314 bridges in Mumbai. The BMC has now also directed the other two firms to re-audit the bridges again in the eastern and western suburbs. These three firms found 18 bridges in a dilapidated condition, out of which seven were pulled down.