Standing Technical Advisory Committee report on bridges

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Mumbai, Oct 5 (UNI) The Standing Technical Advisory Committee (Roads) today submitted its recommendation report on bridges in Mumbai.

Mr N V Merani and Mr S K Singh are the chairman and the convenor of the committee respectively and have provided a guildeline to the BMC for bridges.

According to the report, the work load of the bridges in Mumbai is likely to increase in the future as a result of various projects undertaken by the Corporation. The report further added that the available staff is inadequate and many posts are lying vacant.

The recommendations include checking of sufficiency of waterway and estimation of upstream of bridge and bed scour at the bridge site are extremely important and the standard design criteria should be finalized through an expert group for building bridges in Mumbai, that should be designed to cater to traffic volume projected for the next 20 years.

The report recommends that the process of procurement or the appointment of contractors should be started only after the completion of the planning for utilities, finalizing the traffic management and the environment management plan. The procurement system should be such that it results into a speedy and good quality work at reasonable cost through a transparent process.

The report also advises on the repair and maintainance of the bridges on a timely basis in order to make them last longer.

The BMC maintains 253 bridges in the city that include bridge over naala or river, (BR) (102), Road Over Bridge (ROB) 41, Fly Overs, (17), Foot over bridges (FOB) 48, Foot Over Bridge over Railway Tracks (FOB RL) 22, Vehicular Sub Way (VS) 10, and Pedestrian Sub Way (PS) 13.

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