Kashimira: The tragic British-era bridge collapse on the Mumbai-Goa highway near Mahad, has put the spotlight on the pathetic state of much younger bridges which are crying for structural repairs or an early retirement.
One such Road-over-Bridge which is an important link connecting Mumbai and Thane with the Northern parts of the country, runs over the Versova creek between Kashimira and Naigaon.
Rendering its services to pedestrian, light and heavy motor vehicle movement, the bridge has been sporting broken railings for the past several months, exposing the negligence and insensitivity of authorities towards its care-taking and the danger that lurks for motorists.
Built in 1970 the bridge on the National Highway Number- 8 is currently a six-lane way. Since it’s commissioning around 43-years-back, the 500m long bridge had been repaired once in 2000, before gaping cracks were spotted under a section of the bridge in December, 2013 prompting the National Highway Authority of India, to carry out a structural audit and replace the portion with a newly manufactured 48.5 meter long high tensile steel girder.