Date of Post: 21 Aug, 2018
New Delhi: The railways for the first time will allow 3rd party audits of its bridges, a senior railway official said. The general managers of all the zones have been asked to fix specialised national or even international agencies to conduct these technical audits.
- The official said,“The board has said the present system of inspections of bridges is considered adequate and they will be continue, but keeping in view the incidents of part collapse/failure of ROBs, railway bridge and FoBs it has been decided to conduct third party audit of identified and critical bridges for an independent expert view.”
- Zonal railways has been advised to carry out one-time audit which would include under-water inspection, non-destructive testing, design adequacy for present day loading, including earthquake force.
- Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal had ordered the Railways to collaborate with IIT-Bombay to carry out an audit of 445 bridges.
- The official added, however, the Railway Board has instructed that IITs/NITs or any other reputed institute may conduct representative checks based on the recommendations made by the 3rd party audit report.
- All mega bridges, railway bridges with ORN 1 rating (requiring immediate building/rehabilitation), ROBs, FOBs, all bridges which are more than 80 years old and all those that railways might consider critical will be inspected in the 3rd party audit.
- The official said, the board has given 15 days to the zones to work out an action plan for the audit.
- Earlier this year the government had informed Parliament that there are over 37,162 railway bridges which are more than 100 years old with almost 32% of them in the northern zone.
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