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 5.90 m wide and 184 m long bridge on Savitri and Kal river near Mahad in Maharashtra had collapsed due to heavy unprecedented rainfall on the night of 2nd August , 2016. Taking note of the incident, Gadkari issued immediate orders to construct a new bridge within 6 months. A total cost of Rs. 35.77 cr has been spent and the rebuilding exercise was udertaken and completed in a record time of 165 days before the onset of monsoon rain.
Gadkari, along with Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, will inaugurate the newly constructed Savitri Bridge and throw it open for the public on 05th June, 2017. A press release issued by Press Information Bureau says that the New Bridge is 16 meters wide and 239m long with lighting arrangement, footpath, flood alarm system, anti-corrosive steel, Road safety measures and painted with carbonation paint.
The Ministry, in a release, said that work on the construction of bridge started on ‘war footing’. The Survey, design and the detailed estimate was prepared by the State PWD in-house within 3 weeks.
Apart from the bridge, the Government has also approved four-laning of the Mumbai-Goa road was under NHDP-IV scheme. “The Panvel-Mahad-Panjim National Highway No. 66 is major importance highway which connects Mumbai to Goa State and in addition southern states of the country and one of the busiest National Highways of India having traffic about 19000 PCU,” a release by the government said. As per the ministry, a number of weak bridges are also proposed for re-construction with new 4/6 lane bridges.