In Uttarakhand, 36 bridges were determined to be hazardous during a safety check.
In Uttarakhand, 36 bridges were found to be unsafe for traffic during a safety audit undertaken on the orders of Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami in five zones of the state.
According to officials, the PWD department has turned over to the government the safety audit report for 2618 of the state’s 3262 bridges.
The government has received the safety audit report, according to RK Sudhanshu, Principal Secretary of the PWD Department.
“The government has issued instructions to establish a bridge bank so that new bridges may be built on time,” he added, adding that all district magistrates have been directed to take appropriate action.
Authorities were given three weeks to submit the audit report since the government planned to replace the old and damaged bridges with new ones.
The Public Works Department (PWD) undertook a safety audit on the CM orders issued on November 3 in the aftermath of the Morbi suspension bridge collapse.
On October 30, at least 135 people were killed and over 100 were injured when the cable suspension bridge in Morbi, Gujarat, collapsed. Search and rescue activities were carried out at the site of the 143-year-old Morbi bridge collapse by the Indian Coast Guard, Indian Navy, and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), as well as local administration and other organisations.
During heavy rains in July, an under-construction bridge on the Rishikesh-Badrinath highway in Narkota area collapsed, injuring over a dozen labourers.