More than half of Rly bridges in country nearly 100-year-old
New Delhi, Mar 3: The Government today (Mar 3, 2006) admitted that about 75,600 bridges out of 1,21,295 in the country were between 80 to 100 years old and were built to handle loading prevalent at the time of their construction.
However, if heavier load is allowed to pass through these bridges, a thorough study should be carried out to determine their suitability, Minister of State for Railways R Velu told the Rajya Sabha in a written reply.
If required, bridges will be rehabilitated or rebuilt to bear the heavier axle load of freight passenger trains, he said. This exercise is carried out on the basis of physical condition as ascertained during inspection and not on the basis of age alone.
The Minister said repair and rehabilitation of old railway bridges was a continuous process and a well laid down system of multi-tier inspection of bridges is followed in the Indian Railways.
In case a section is selected for introduction of heavier loads, all the bridges of that section are reviewed and strengthened as per requirement, he said.