Ghaziabad: Hindon bridge was found unfit for heavy vehicles in 2009
The bridge was shut for vehicular movement on Thursday evening after commuters noticed cracks on the bridge and informed officials about it. Presently, the vehicles from Ghaziabad city to Mohan Nagar are using the adjacent new bridge for movement.noida Updated: Jul 01, 2017 22:34 IST
A report submitted by the committee formed to assess the Hindon bridge after cracks appeared on its structure stated that the bridge was declared unfit for movement of heavy vehicles in 2009 but continued to be used.
The bridge was shut for vehicular movement on Thursday evening after commuters noticed cracks on the bridge and informed officials about it. Presently, the vehicles from Ghaziabad city to Mohan Nagar are using the adjacent new bridge for movement.
The report, a copy of which was accessed by HT, stated that the bridge was declared unfit for plying of heavy vehicles in 2009, after which a new bridge was constructed by the Ghaziabad development authority in 2011. The report also states that besides the cracks, the bridge structure has plunged by four inches at a point and is not fit for plying of vehicles.
The committee report, a preliminary assessment of the bridge’s condition, stated that the bridge overshot its lifespan by nearly 10 years as the wires and steel on the beam of the superstructure got exposed in 2009.
“The bridge was revamped with a new superstructure while keeping the old pillar intact. The superstructure has shot its lifespan by more than 10 years and vehicles were allowed to ply,” the report stated.
In 2009, then district magistrate had also written to the divisional commissioner of Meerut about the condition of the bridge. “However, in 2010, the Central Road Research Institute had found the bridge fit for plying of vehicles but had found it unsafe for overtaking by heavy vehicles,” the report stated.
The committee has recommended that the bridge be dismantled and a new bridge be constructed on a new foundation. The committee of engineers from public works department (PWD), PWD (NH division) and UP state bridge corporation limited found that the second span of the bridge has developed a vertical crack but the cross girders prevented it from collapsing.
“The bridge was resurfaced in 1956-57, as revealed by a stone slab near the structure. Its pillars were probably constructed during the British era. We are still searching for the official documentation that contains the specifications of the bridge. However, as per a physical inspection and preliminary assessment, the bridge seems to be beyond repair and even unfit for vehicular movement,” said Manish Verma, executive-engineer, UP-PWD.
“We will be sending the committee report to the state government to take a decision on the bridge. In all, a new bridge is the only option at present,” Ministhy S, the district magistrate, said.