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KMDA to hand over work order for detailed structural health audit of nine bridges

Kolkata: The Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA) will soon be handing over work order for detailed structural health audit of nine bridges in the city.

The study report of another eight bridges in the city will be submitted to the state Urban Development department by the middle of August, following which the department will take a decision regarding these bridges.

According to a senior official of KMDA, the nine bridges for which work order will be awarded are located in different parts of the city, including EM Bypass.

The detailed structural health audit will be taken up for Chetla bridge, Karunamoyee bridge on Tolly Nullah, Jibananda Setu near Jadavpur police station which is an integral part of the connection of Prince Anwar Shah Road with EM Bypass, New Alipore bridge, Dhakuria bridge and the Ambedkar Setu on EM Bypass that connects VIP Bazaar with Science City.

The bridges in North Kolkata for which work will be taken up are located in and around Chitpore- the one on the railway tracks over Kolkata station, the second one near RG Kar Medical College Hospital and another on the Chitpore canal.

"We have already instructed our engineers to take up minor repair work of the bridges, wherever needed, with approval of CEO, KMDA. For those bridges which need major repair or retrofitting, the engineers should bring it before the expert committee on bridges and accordingly funds will be allocated from the department," said Subrata Gupta, Principal Secretary of Urban Development and Municipal Affairs department.

According to a senior official of KMDA, the Garden Reach Shipbuilders Ltd will construct a bailey bridge entailing an expense over Rs 2 crore to facilitate movement of traffic from airport side to EM Bypass.

This flank of the Ultadanga flyover was closed for vehicular traffic after cracks had developed on it. The approach road connecting the bailey bridge will be done by Mackintosh Burn, the estimate for which will be available soon.

The KMDA has also conducted examination of Baghajatin flyover from Monday night to Tuesday morning. Movement of vehicles was closed at the time when the study was held. There were complaints of damage in one flank of the bridge due to vibration caused by the work of the New Garia-Airport Metro project.

"We are not taking up any repair work of the bridge at this juncture and the bridge was opened for traffic later in the day," a senior KMDA official said.

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