Taking note of the recent bridge collapse incident in Andheri, the Bombay High Court on Thursday directed the Railways and the BMC to ‘seriously’ conduct audits of nearly 487 old and new bridges in the city. The court has also asked the Maharashtra government to consider coming up with a ‘planned development’ policy for Mumbai, on the lines of Navi Mumbai, keeping in mind the demands of future generations.
The division bench of Justices Naresh Patil and Girish Kulkarni said, “We want you to conduct an audit of all old and new bridges in the city with a serious approach and in a time-bound manner. We do not want a situation where a bridge collapses in front of a moving train.” Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Anil Singh, appearing for the railways, said the authorities have been conducting audits of all bridges at ‘regular’ intervals.
Taking a dig at the ASG’s submissions, Justice Patil said, “Despite your audits, bridges in the city are falling one-by-one. We do not want incidents like the recent bridge fall to repeat.”
The bench accordingly directed the ASG to constitute a team under a senior official, including general managers of different railway zones, to work on the audit of all Foot-Over-Bridges (FOBs) and Road-Over-Bridges (ROBs). Read More
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