On path of safety: BMC wants to survey bridges every few months
The authority will define and set the frequency of bridge inspections, list responsibilities of various bridge maintenance engineers and recommend remedial measures, among others.Updated: Mar 20, 2019 04:27 IST
In the wake of the Himalaya Bridge collapse at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) that killed six and injured 31, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is planning quarterly, bi-annual and annual audits of all bridges in the city.
Municipal commissioner Ajoy Mehta on Tuesday said, “The policy will be finalised by the bridges inspection authority. The authority will act as an independent regulatory body, whose main role will be to monitor the audits and maintenance of bridges, and give ‘fitness certificates’ to bridges based on fulfilment of the criteria.”
Vinod Chithore, director of projects in the BMC, will detail the purview and responsibility of the authority within one month.
Within 24 hours of the collapse, Mehta had announced the plan to form the body to monitor inspections of BMC-owned bridges.
Elaborating on the nature of the audit, Mehta said, “The frequency of audits will decide the intensity. For instance, if a bridge is audited every three months, an intensified audit will not be prioritised, whereas, an intensive audit will be required for a bridge audited every three years. Details will be finalised once a proper plan and guidelines are in place. The officer in charge is chalking this out.”
The authority will define and set the frequency of bridge inspections, list responsibilities of various bridge maintenance engineers and recommend remedial measures, among others.
Vivek Pai from Mumbai Mobility Forum said, “I wish the authority took strong measures before the incident. The monitoring should not be restricted to bridges, but all other infrastructure too.”