Lessons From Andheri Tragedy: Red Tape Gone, Priority Is Repairs


Lessons From Andheri Tragedy: Red Tape Gone, Priority Is Repairs

Call it the Gokhale Bridge effect: Railways has made fixing of infrastructural flaws, that could cost lives, a priority; paperwork will be filed later. The decision was taken at a high-level joint meeting between various agencies on Wednesday, and will apply to 12 teams inspecting 445 foot- and road-over-bridges in Mumbai and its metropolitan region.

The measure comes after a portion of Gokhale Bridge in Andheri collapsed on July 3, resulting in the loss of life and halting services on Western Railway for a few hours.

Henceforth, if any defect is found during an audit, the teams will immediately shut the bridge down to attend to repairs. Depending on the severity, it could be public access could be restricted partially or completely. This has already been applied to five bridges. Read More

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