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Mumbai bridge debris to be sent for forensic testing

On Saturday, the BMC wrote to Mumbai Police to lodge an FIR against DD Desai Associated Engineering Consultants and Analysts Private Limited, which carried out a structural audit of the FOB in 2017.

mumbai Updated: Mar 17, 2019 01:36 IST
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The dismantled frame of Himalaya bridge near Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT), debris from the collapsed slab and the metal girders that held the slab in place, will be sent for forensic testing to determine the question of negligence by the structural auditor or civic authorities. (Photo by Bhushan Koyande/HT)(HT Photo)

The dismantled frame of Himalaya bridge near Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT), debris from the collapsed slab and the metal girders that held the slab in place, will be sent for forensic testing to determine the question of negligence by the structural auditor or civic authorities.

After a portion of Himalaya bridge collapsed on March 14, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has ordered a probe into the incident. Kiran Dighavkar, assistant municipal commissioner of A ward, said, “During the course of the probe, we will need to refer to the evidence. The debris is being preserved for this.” The debris has been moved to a BMC-owned godown in Cuffe Parade.

On Saturday, the BMC wrote to Mumbai Police to lodge an FIR against DD Desai Associated Engineering Consultants and Analysts Private Limited, which carried out a structural audit of the FOB in 2017. Additional municipal commissioner Vijay Singhal confirmed this development. A senior BMC official said, “We will need a forensic report on the extent of corrosion, especially when it is a police case. This will help the BMC build its case when we say the auditor didn’t notice the extent of damage to the slab or the corrosion to the plates.”

The BMC sent show cause notices to DD Desai Associated Engineering Consultants and Analysts Private Limited and RPS Infrastructure, which carried out repair work on the FoB in 2013. Both firms have been given 15 days to reply. As per BMC’s preliminary report, DD Desai Associated Engineering Consultants and Analysts Private Limited has been de-empanelled and will pay for the re-audit by another structural auditor. RPS infrastructure is a blacklisted contractor for its involvement in the ₹350-crore road works scam of 2015.

First Published: Mar 17, 2019 01:36 IST