Maharashtra bridge built in 165 days

Elias Hubbard
June 5, 2017

Nearly 10 months after a bridge over river Savitri in Mahad taluka of Raigad district had collapsed on August 2 a year ago, a new structure will be inaugurated on Monday. This 5.90-metre-wide and 184-metre-long bridge constructed in 1928 collapsed due to heavy rainfall.

In a big achievement, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari-led Road Transport and Highways Ministry was able to rebuild a damaged old Masonry Arch Bridge in a record time period of just 165 days.

"The project was speedily executed in a record 165 days before the onset of monsoon at a cost of Rs 35.77 crore", an official statement said. The Minister for Road Transport and Highways and Shipping, Shri Nitin Gadkari and Chief Minister of Maharashtra will inaugurate the newly constructed Savitri Bridge and throw it open for the public on 05th June, 2017. Gadkari had announced that a new bridge will be constructed at the same location within six months. The focus of infrastructure development should be quick delivery and using new technology for faster pace of construction. The Survey, design and the detailed estimate was prepared by the State PWD in-house within 3 weeks. This was then submitted to MoRTH, New Delhi, on August 20, 2016.

The budget was sanctioned on September 2 and the construction began soon after.

The New Bridge located near Mahad in Maharashtar is 16 metre wide and 239 metre long with lighting arrangement, footpath, flood alarm system, anti-corrosive steel, Road safety measures and is painted with carbonation paint. The appointed date for the project was issued on 15th December, 2016.

The new bridge, thrown open for public use from today, has been built alongside the British-era bridge that was washed away during the rains a year ago.

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