Chief Minister Fadnavis reviewed condition of Mumbai bridges

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Mumbai :Stating that for longevity of the structures, state of the art technologies should be deployed for building bridges, railway bridges and foot-over bridges in Mumbai, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis today suggested developing mobile application for informing people at large about bridges where traffic is closed and also about the alternative routes. 

He was addressing a review meeting of vulnerable bridges in Mumbai. Stating that various authorities are involved in construction of foot-over bridges in Mumbai, Fadnavis said that these constructions should not be built keeping in mind life of 30 to 35 years. Instead, he said that the construction should be undertaken by using latest
technologies so that it lasts for a longer period. 

There are 344 bridges in Mumbai out of which 314 are within BMC jurisdiction.
There are 30 bridges which are under MMRDA (Mumbai Metropolitan Regional
Development Authority) and 29 out of these 30 bridges have been closed down after structural audit. There are 92 bridges which are in good condition while 116 bridges are undergoing minor repairs. There are 67 bridges which are undergoing major repair works.

Central Railway has undertaken inspection for 199 bridges while Western Railway has newly constructed 32 foot over bridges. IIT and VJTI have re-inspected two bridges at Ghatkopar and Juhu Tara Road after which these bridges would be repaired by using modern technology. The meeting decided that these bridges would be made open for traffic after the repair works is over.

Mumbai Police commissioner Sanjay Barve, MMRDA Commissioner R A Rajiv, BEST general manager Surendra Bagade, Central Railway circle general manager Sanjaykumar Jain, Western Railway General manager Anil Guha, senior officials, chief engineer and others were present for the meeting.