Govt directs safety audit, hydraulic model study of fourth Tawi bridge

TNN Bureau. Updated: 12/29/2017 2:06:21 AM

JAMMU: Finally paying heed to the ill-condition of 4th Tawi Bridge ever since its approaches were first damaged in the 2014-floods, the State government has decided to conduct a hydraulic model study of the Bridge, engaging a 'pioneer institution'.
The public works department has been asked to engage a reputed bridge consultant for conducting safety audit and designing protection works after the work on the Tawi barrage is completed.
These directions came today as Minister for Public Works Naeem Akhtar convened a review meeting of the steps taken by the department for strengthening the structure of the bridge and restoration of approaches that were damaged during the last floods.
The minister, who later in the day conducted a physical inspection of the bridge maintained that there were no apprehensions to be had about the safety of the 4th Tawi Bridge, as he assured the commuters and general public that bridge is safe and the department is stabilizing the minor damages caused due to floods.
The minister also passed a slew of directions to the department, asking it to engage a reputed bridge consultant for conducting safety audit and designing protection works after the work on the Tawi barrage is completed.
He further instructed for getting the hydraulic model study of the bridge be done by a pioneer institution for overall bridge structure and work in consultation with Design, Inspection and Quality Control (DIQC) Department for taking appropriate measures on the technical aspect of the works.
Pertinently, the 4th Tawi Bridge was constructed in 2013 and its approaches were damaged during the floods in 2014. Consequently, the Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti had ordered an inquiry into the construction of the structure.
The final report presented by the Technical Committee was also discussed in the meeting.
It was informed that the department has taken up the stabilizing and restoration works on both the approaches of the Bridge. The officers from PHE, I&FC Department informed that the works on vulnerable spots on the barrage have been started and would be completed soon.
Commissioner Secretary Public Works (R&B) Sanjeev Verma, Secretary Technical cum Development Commissioner Works, Bimal Tickoo, Chief Engineer PWD (R&B) Jammu Sudheer Shah, Chief Engineer, PWD (R&B) Kashmir Sheikh Hamid, Managing Director JKPCC Syed Nayeem Ahmad, Superintending Engineer Hydraulic Circle Jammu K K Mangotra and other engineers of the department were present in the meeting.


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