KMDA forms Advisory Committee to monitor health of bridges

first_imgKolkata: Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA) on Wednesday constituted an Advisory Committee for monitoring the health of the bridges in the city. The move comes in the wake of the Majerhat Bridge mishap on September 4.It may be mentioned that the state government has already prepared a list of 15 bridges, which need structural health audit on a priority basis. The list includes Dhakuria Bridge connecting Golpark with Dhakuria, Bijon Setu connecting Gariahat with Kasba, Aurobindo Setu connecting Gouribari with Ultadanga, Chetla Bridge connecting Kalighat with Chetla, Kalighat Bridge connecting Kalighat with Gopalnagar, Durgapur Bridge connecting New Alipore with Chetla, Ultadanga Flyover connecting EM Bypass with VIP Road, Sukanta Setu connecting Jadavpur with Santoshpur, Bankim Setu connecting Howrah Maidan with Howrah Station, Chingrighata Flyover connecting EM Bypass with Salt Lake, Sealdah Flyover, Bridge Number 4 on Park Circus rail line, Jibanananda Setu near Jadavpur police station and the arch type bridge at Karunamoyee in Tollygunge. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAccording to sources in KMDA, the advisory committee will have Amitava Ghosal, a distinguished civil engineer and a member of the Technical Advisory Group for a number of new railway projects, Professor Sriman Bhattacharya or Professor Nirjhar Dhong or both from the Civil Engineering department of IIT Kharagpur, Asish Kumar Sen, chief engineer of KMDA, Bhaskar Sengupta, chief engineer (Roads and Bridges) KMDA and Samiran Sen, independent consultant and fellow of the Institute of Engineers. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe committee will recommend the names of the agencies who will carry out structural health audits with immediate basis for a number of bridges and structures, which are in bad condition. “It will assist the authorities in interpreting the reports of the agencies and arrive at a final action plan and also suggest monitoring activities and finalise the terms of reference for the studies to be carried out, including tests to be performed. It will further recommend instrumentation that may be feasible for immediate monitoring of the bridges,” a KMDA source said.last_img

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