Damaged bridge near Mokshadham yet to be dismantled

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 03 Aug 2017 10:36:07


Special Correspondent,

New bridge likely to be completed by December

Bridge over Nag River was damaged in 2012-2013

Patience is a virtue of wise men, they say. This applies to Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) which is testing the patience of Nagpurians in matters of completion of Mokshadham over-bridge.

The bridge over Nag River at Sardar Patel square was damaged in the year 2012-2013 and looking at the snail’s speed with which work was undertaken, it would take another five months to complete. The existing bridge needs to be dismantled without affecting water pipe-lines and only
then new bridge can be constructed. Overlooking its pathetic track record in completing works, the NMC officials are optimistic that the bridge may become operational by the end of December-2017.

The Department faced several hurdles during completion of this important over bridge. Earlier, the department had decided to repair this 50 -year old stone masonry bridge. However, the bridge was beyond repairs and then the department had decided to construct new bridge in place of old bridge.

The bridge was designed on one span and the design was approved by the VNIT. However, it was learnt that the one span bridge would not be feasible over this point. Again the design of the bridge was changed by the department and got it approved from the VNIT. Now, the bridge will be based on two spans. The change in design on two occasions is one of the main cause of delay in construction of bridge.

Meanwhile, the local body appointed a contractor Abrar Ahmed for the construction of bridge over Nag River. The old bridge has two 700 mm diameter water line supplying water in other parts of the city. The interconnecting of this water pipe is also a difficult task. The shifting of the water pipe line is necessary before dismantling the existing bridge.

The local body has constructed two cradles for the water pipe line. NMC and Orange City Water (OCW) will take shut down on August 4 to interconnect a newly laid 700 mm dia pipe line with existing GH Reshimbag feeder line on Ghat Road Bridge near Sardar Patel Square.

After the interconnection is over, the contractor will dismantle the present damaged bridge and start the construction of new bridge. Executive Engineer Satish Neral hoped that the construction of bridge will be over by December 2017. The work order to contractor was issued in February -2016 and he has to complete the work in 18 months, he added. Due to changes in design, there was a delay and now, the bridge would be open for traffic at the end of this year, the NMC officials hoped.