1. Bridge Safety: Nitin Gadkari turns to Indian Bridge Management system

Bridge Safety: Nitin Gadkari turns to Indian Bridge Management system

In August this year, a British-era bridge across the Savitri river on the Mumbai-Goa highway collapsed. The tragedy occurred in the dead of the night and over ten vehicles were washed away, killing more than 26 people while 30 people were swept away in...

By: and | New Delhi | Published: October 13, 2016 6:08 AM
In August this year, a British-era bridge across the Savitri river on the Mumbai-Goa highway collapsed. The tragedy occurred in the dead of the night and over ten vehicles were washed away, killing more than 26 people while 30 people were swept away in the swollen river. In August this year, a British-era bridge across the Savitri river on the Mumbai-Goa highway collapsed. The tragedy occurred in the dead of the night and over ten vehicles were washed away, killing more than 26 people while 30 people were swept away in the swollen river.

In August this year, a British-era bridge across the Savitri river on the Mumbai-Goa highway collapsed. The tragedy occurred in the dead of the night and over ten vehicles were washed away, killing more than 26 people while 30 people were swept away in the swollen river.

In a country where construction collapses are quite the norm, the government is now waking up to the possibility of using modern technology to ensure the safety of bridges and their timely maintenance. Recently, minister of road transport & highways and shipping Nitin Gadkari, launched the Indian Bridge Management System (IBMS) in New Delhi.

“IBMS is preparing a database of all bridges in the country and detailing their structural condition so that timely action can be taken to repair the structures or build new ones in their place,” said Gadkari.

In early 2015, the government had roped in IDDC Engineers, an infrastructure development firm, to develop this system. Subsequently, a National Bridge Management Centre (NBMC) was also up in Noida within Indian Academy for Highway Engineers (IAHE). According to an official, so far 1,15,000 bridges have been inventorised, of which 85,000 are culverts and the rest are bridges.

According to a ministry official, during the process each bridge is assigned a unique identification number based on the state, RTO zone and whether it is situated on a national highway, state highway or on a district road. The precise location of the bridge in terms of latitude-longitude is collected through GPS and based on this, it is assigned a bridge location number. Thereafter, engineering characteristics like the design, materials, type of bridge, its age, loading, traffic lane, length, width of carriage way are collected to assign a bridge classification number to the structure.

These are then used to do a structural rating of the structure on a scale of 0 to 9, and each bridge is assigned a structural rating number. Based on the data gathered, IBMS will identify bridges that need attention. Accordingly, the ministry will enhance its life and prioritise repair and rehabilitation work, said the official.

According to Jaijit Bhattacharya, partner, infrastructure and government services at KPMG India, this platform is a step towards having an alarm system which will alert the authorities before a bridge collapses or needs urgent repair. “There has been a need to put the

sensors below the bridges and connect them to an online platform so that these devices (sensors) should trigger the information before a bridge collapse. This initiative is a great shift towards the vision that every bridge will have its own sensor and online database,” he added.

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    Indra Mishra
    Sep 2, 2017 at 5:05 pm
    Dear Sir, It has been declared recently by Highway Minister in Lok Sabha that 100 bridges are in dilapidated conditions can collapse any time. 1.6 lakhs bridges inventory got made by IBMS this result came out. But fact of the matter is our bridges are not so durable their life expectancies ate in the 20_40 years average time. A more than 100 years old bridge in Savitri river collapsed made news but our bridges have started crumbling. Like quality deterioration of Engineers, the same is happening with Bridges Structures. Enactment of Engineers Bill will solve the problem to an extant or not? Infrastructure is happening now will happen till 2050 with considerable pace Governments have to see this but constructing durable infrastructure is in the hands of budding Engineers. Let us make it a mission. Regards, I N Mishra
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      Indra Mishra
      Dec 13, 2016 at 9:58 am
      Bridge Safety: Nitin Gadkari turns to Indian Bridge Management system
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        Indra Mishra
        Dec 13, 2016 at 10:31 am
        Dear Sir,For this New 10 km Six Lane Extra-dosed Bridge Project over River Ganga ( longest in India over river) connecting Kachhi- Dargah to Bidupur in Patna (Bihar) even Bridge design engineer is not even a regular Graduate engineer which should be an NIT if not an IITian.I have to ask are IITians meant for working for Microsoft etc. or going to abroad only. Should Govt. not involve IIT engineers for such mega & longest bridge of India or probably in Asia on mighty Ganges? This will bring another hi setu like supervision nearby where the Setu gave way within 20 yrs is under maintenance from year 2000 or so when it got completed finally in 1987.Another Vikramsila Setu in Bhagalpur constructed merely a decade ago is in dilapidated condition. Why we are producing IIT Engineers? Even if they are not being used for such International Projects & Correspondence B-Tech Engineers are used. This will undergo under maintenance within 20 yrs. with such poor quality of supervision & design Engineers, this is for sure what to think of retaining 100 yrs. designed life.I need your feedback in this regard. Regards,Sushant Kumar
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          Indra Mishra
          Dec 13, 2016 at 10:30 am
          Regarding: Poor quality of Bridge design & supervision Engineers engaged in such m construction of important/ major & mega bridge & structural projects in IndiaDear Sir,For this New 10 km Six Lane Extra-dosed Bridge Project over River Ganga ( longest in India over river) connecting Kachhi- Dargah to Bidupur in Patna (Bihar) even Bridge design engineer is not even a regular Graduate engineer which should be an NIT if not an IITian.I have to ask are IITians meant for working for Microsoft etc. or going to abroad only. Should Govt. not involve IIT engineers for such mega & longest bridge of India or probably in Asia on mighty Ganges? This will bring another hi setu like supervision nearby where the Setu gave way within 20 yrs is under maintenance from year 2000 or so when it got completed finally in 1987.Another Vikramsila Setu in Bhagalpur constructed merely a decade ago is in dilapidated condition. Why we are producing IIT Engineers? Even if they are not being used for such International Projects & Correspondence B-Tech Engineers are used. This will undergo under maintenance within 20 yrs. with such poor quality of supervision & design Engineers, this is for sure what to think of retaining 100 yrs. designed life.I need your feedback in this regard. Regards,Sushant Kumar
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