Date of Post: 13 Sep, 2018
New Delhi: The Railways has undertaken a massive, 3rd-party audit exercise of critical bridges across the country to get an independent assessment of these crucial links in the railway network. According to a senior Railway official, a total of 4,835 bridges have been identified for the 3rd-party audit that is to be carried out with the help of international consultants.
- The official said,”The international consultants will be selected through an open tender process to carry out the 3rd-party audit.”
- There are a total of 147,523 bridges in the country’s vast rail network – one of the largest in the world.
- Out of these, 700 are classified as ‘important bridges’, 12,085 are described as ‘major’ ones, and 134,738 are ‘minor’ bridges.’
- There are 37,689 bridges which are more than 100 years old.
- In last 5 years, 3,758 rail bridges have been repaired or rebuilt and 900 more have been earmarked for strengthening during the current fiscal year.
- While the present system of inspection of bridges is considered adequate, the official said,”keeping in view the recent incidents of part collapse of rail bridges, it has been decided to conduct the 3rd-party audit of these bridges.”
- He added, accordingly, all zones have been instructed to carry out a one-time 3rd-party technical audit of the bridges.
- The 3rd-party audit will strengthen rail bridges to ensure safety.
- Out of the 4,835 bridges identified for the independent safety audit, 2,288 are FoBs (Foot over-Bridges), 71 are mega bridges and 56 are rail flyovers.
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