A massive third-party audit exercise of critical bridges has been undertaken by the Indian Railways, in view of recent mishaps. The bridges across the country will undergo an independent assessment of these crucial links in the rail network.
A total of 4,835 bridges have been identified for the third-party audit that is to be carried out with the help of international consultants, according to a senior Railway Ministry official.”The international consultants will be selected through an open tender process to carry out the third-party audit,” he told IANS.
There are a total of 147,523 bridges in the country’s vast rail network – one of the largest in the world. Out of these, 700 are classified as “important bridges”, 12,085 are described as “major” ones, and 134,738 are “minor” bridges.
There are 37,689 bridges which are more than 100 years old. In last five years, 3,758 rail bridges have been repaired or rebuilt and 900 more have been earmarked for strengthening during the current fiscal year. Read More
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