Pune : PMC starts bearing & joint work of ‘these’ bridges in city 

Pune : PMC starts bearing & joint work of ‘these’ bridges in city

Pune : PMC starts bearing & joint work of ‘these’ bridges in city ( Representational Image )

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Out of the 60 bridges in the city such as bridges over lakes & rivers, flyovers, railway bridges, the repair of 38 old bridges has been started by the project department of the PMC. In this, replacement of the bearing of the bridge, repair of the expansion joint and other repair work will be done. Due to this, the life span of these bridges will increase, and there will be no need to do their work for the next 25 years.

Speaking to Pune Pulse, Pavan Mapari, Deputy Engineer, PMC Project Department, said “A structural audit was done regarding the repair of 60 bridges in Pune. A tender has been floated as well. The bearing & joint work is going on. Out of 60 bridges, 38 bridges were found to be very old & not in good condition. Hence, a structural audit of those bridges was done. Out of the 38 bridges, in the 1st phase, the repairing & strengthening work of 11 bridges is going on. The audit & work of these bridges is being done as these bridges are very old. An incident of bearing getting loose of a bridge in Hadapsar area had happened. Hence, to avoid such kind of things, the repairing & strengthening work is going on.”

Pavan Mapari further said “The work order of 11 bridges is done. So, mainly the works of bearing, expansion joints & strengthening of these 11 bridges will be done. For doing repairing & strengthening work of all 38 bridges, expenditure of Rs 34 to 35 crores is needed. For this year, we had allocation of Rs 15 crores for this work. Hence, we have prioritized the bridges fitting in the Rs 15 crore allocation as per their conditions & urgency for repairing & accordingly the work of the 11 bridges is going on. As per the allocation next year, the tender, work order & work of the remaining bridges will be done in phases.”

Work of these 11 bridges going on

In the first phase, the bearing and expansion joints of 11 bridges in the city will be repaired and other repairs will be done. These bridges include Vi. Bha. Patil Bridge in Bopodi, Mhatre Bridge, Rajaram Bridge, Veer Savarkar Flyover, S.M. Joshi Bridge, Maharshi Vitthal Ramji Shinde Bridge, Rajiv Gandhi Bridge, Katraj-Kondhwa Flyover, New Sangam Bridge, Wellesley Bridge and Aga Khan Bridge.

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