No more beautification of bridges before prior audit: BMC tells Bombay High Court

  • | Saturday | 21st September, 2019

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Friday informed the Bombay High Court through an affidavit that it would be instructing all Assistant Commissioners to get advertisement boards and mobile internet towers removed from bridges. It also assured that henceforth, surface beautification which increased load on bridges will not be allowed without a structural audit. As per the affidavit, an-house team was being constituted for the structural audit of bridges which will be under the Chairmanship of the Chief Engineer (Bridges) and the civic body is recruiting engineers for the purpose. "Pre-qualification criteria for the contractor/bidders will now be reconciled by insisting only bridge-work experience for any bridge repair work," it stated. The civic body is also planning to take help of institutions such as the IIT and VJTI for regular maintenance of bridges experiencing high traffic.

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