By Accommodation Times Bureau
People have been having a grueling time due to the constant backed up traffic-jams at the Amar Mahal flyover, since a long time.
On April 8, when the first damages to the fabrication were noticed in the Thane-bound carriageway, the bridge was closed immediately for traffic. At that time a few more issues were spotted about the fabrication of the bridge. Now, the PWD has decided to relay the bridge top as well as get rid of the steel fabrication support on which the concrete girder stands.
On Monday PWD minister Chandrakant Patil SAID, “We don’t want to take any risk and hence have decided to do away with the old structure,” Patil also said the tenders for the new bridge would be made public in a day or two. At Mantralaya, he added that if needed, the span of the bridge will also be reduced and it should be ready in four months.
According to state PWD, the flyover is now going to be rebuilt as the state government has decided to replace the steel fabrication structure with a concrete structure to accommodate the increasing vehicular load.
PL Bongirwar, a member of the eight-member technical committee that looked into the flyover’s slipped joints, said that the structure of the Amar Mahal Flyover is not having any deficiency in construction or design, but as long as the question of the reasons behind the causes for damaged joints arises Mr. Bongriwar ascribed heavy traffic load as the one.
He adds, the bridge built with the unique Quadriccon design, it cannot be repaired using conventional methods, and to rebuild the flyover will be the only best option to follow.