56 bridges in dilapidated state in Karnataka, Govt yet to allot funds for repairs

Daijiworld Media Network – Bengaluru (MS)

Bengaluru, Dec 1: Karnataka Road Development Corporation Limited (KRDCL), an organisation that is established to improve fundamental infrastructure under the PWD, Ports and Inland water transport department, has recommended to renovate most of the bridges in the state.

State government has advised KRDCL to come out with a Detailed Feasible Report (DFR) on the condition of bridges across the state. Accordingly KRDCL has prepared a report and submitted it to the government three months ago. However, the government has not yet approved the repair works of the bridges, some of which are in dangerous condition.

A KRDCL official agreed that some bridges are posing a danger to the lives of commuters as they are more than 50 years old. As the density of vehicles increase, the bridges get weaker and begin to fall off.

KRDCL has identified 56 such bridges across the state, which need immediate repair. The official said that most of the bridges are identified based on the actual study while some are done on political pressure.

MD of KRDCL Shivaprasad P said that Rs 1300 crore is required to renovate the dilapidated bridges.

Shivaprasad also said that at least six months time is required to begin repair works in case the recommendations of KRDCL is approved by the government. The alarming point is that most of the dilapidated bridges are in the three coastal districts of Dakshina Kannada, Udupi and Uttara Kannada.

Srikant Channal, president of Consulting Civil Engineers of Bengaluru said, “Experts have given importance to the regular audit of the  condition of bridges. National building policy says that technical audit should be done every three years. However, the government intervenes only when the bridges are about to fall.”

Among the main bridges that require immediate attention and repairs are the ones near NH 01 near Uppinabettagere of Dharwad, near Dandeli on NH 46 in Uttara Kannada district, near Ramdurga on NH 34 of Belagavi district, near Mudhola on NH 55 in Bagalkot district and near Lolasuru on NH 31 near Belagavi district.






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  • Beowulf, Mangalore

    Fri, Dec 02 2022

    Only If there was toll booth on either side of the bridge, govt would have bothered.

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  • Sylvan pinto, India. Auckland, New Zealand

    Fri, Dec 02 2022

    Bridges may collapse; people may die but those in power don't care, as long as their wallets don't collapse . They don't realize that material wealth is only temporary and so happiness is also temporary.

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Fri, Dec 02 2022

    Top CEO is very much busy in Gujarat, looks like that State has become the new capital; also state CEOs are busy with irrelevant issues to fatten their vote banks; rest, including common citizens are in deep slumber and will wake up and start howling when the inevitable happens!! All in all, sorry state of affairs!!

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  • Rajan, Mangalore

    Fri, Dec 02 2022

    Article says bridges built are 50 years plus --So cannot blame SHRI PANDIT NEHRU -- So many done during his ( NEHRU's ) time and the British prior to this ---- So now any project involves 40 % -- + bridges collapse in a few months --

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  • Jossey saldanha, Raheja Waterfront

    Fri, Dec 02 2022

    Now they will collect 40% Commission on Repairs ...

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  • Sarvanabhavaan, Murukaveri

    Fri, Dec 02 2022

    Blame on Nehru and Gandhi's

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  • Rita, Germany

    Fri, Dec 02 2022

    Instead offrepairing these century old brides ,simply build a new one.Repairing cost is not lesser than a new bridge.Atleast start something new.Or will be li ke from kankanady over bridge?Dont wait long till someone gets injured or some accident happens.

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Fri, Dec 02 2022

    Newly built bridges are collapsing within weeks of construction due to substandard material use and unscientific sloppy work!

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  • Rita, Germany

    Sat, Dec 03 2022

    Rudolf R Mumbai,yes thats because our super Inginiuers and contractors have to give 40%.and rest of 60%they have to invest elsewhere .Honest work is nowhere to be seen.Sad state of our country.

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  • Jean, mangalore

    Thu, Dec 01 2022

    PM & CM is busy with inaugurating Statues.... will talk on this matter after big tragedy like hanging bridge in Gujrat '

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  • Vincent, Mangalore

    Thu, Dec 01 2022

    Busy with religious politics. Waiting for it to fall ?

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  • Ben D'Souza Prabhu, Mangalore, Bombay Bandra now in Canada

    Thu, Dec 01 2022

    Oh our dear Almighty Lord, You are our Protector n Guide in every Way do kindly direct our Very Able Govt Authorities to do whatever is now necessary to have these Bridges Well done for our benefit for the number of years they should " Normally Last " for our Use and Utility ! THANKS !!!

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