Bridging The Data Gap: 1.7 Lakh Bridges And Structures Inventorised By Indian Bridge Management System

Indian commuters and taxi drivers navigate through heavy traffic on Howrah Bridge in Kolkata. (DIBYANGSHU SARKAR/AFP/Getty Images)

Union Minister of State for Road Transport & Highways, Shipping and Chemical & Fertilisers, Shri Mansukh Mandaviya, has said that the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways has inventorized 1,72,517 bridges and structures under Indian Bridge Management System (IBMS) according to a PIB release.

The IBMS has inventorised 32,806 minor bridges, 3,647 major and 1,835 extra-long bridges. In addition to this, . 1,34,229 culverts have also been captured under the system.

Prior to this initiative, there was no proper data available on these structures on the National Highways network. The IBMS has been established to develop the data in digital form, to identify the number of bridges and other structures on National Highways to carry out the condition survey and inventorisation of bridges/structures. This will also help in identifying the distressed bridges which need immediate attention and sensitise the concerned implementation agency for taking corrective measures.

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The Minister added that the data of bridges and structures in IBMS will be collected twice a year during ‘Pre-Monsoon’ and ‘Post-Monsoon’ period for 3 years by using Mobile Bridge Inspection Units (MBIU). Eleven consultancy firms have been appointed for this purpose.

The condition survey report and recommendation submitted by consultant will be used as input for granting permission for movement of over-dimension and overweight vehicles consignments on National Highways.

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