Reconstruction of the eroded wing/ protection walls & approach slabs to be taken up says PWD Min
PORVORIM: PWD Minister Nilesh Cabral today said that the bridge over Kalti River is structurally stable and there is no need for fear and anxiety regarding the safety of the bridge.
Poriem MLA Dr Deviya Rane during the calling attention had raised the issue of the safety of bridge over Kalti river.
“Bridge over Kalti River is structurally stable and there is no need for fear and anxiety regarding the safety of the bridge, The site of the Bridge on Kalti River at Ghoteli -Keri was inspected by the Chief Engineer (NH, R&B), along with Superintending Engineer IX,(NH), Executive Engineer Goa projects from RO MORTH and others,” said Cabral.
He further said that it was noticed that there are no structural cracks in the main bridge. The bridge consists of three spans, with two central piers and side abutments. On the upstream side, a Ganpati Visarjan shed has been constructed in the course of the river and downstream side illegal filling, thereby blocking the free flow of water through one of the spans of the bridge.
“This has led to the diversion of river course on one side, causing damage/ erosion of wing walls and as a reason approach portion near abutment settled to a certain extent. In this regard, PWD has requested the WRD department for needful action for restoring the river course (copy Annexed). so that further damage to the abutment can be avoided,” he added.
Cabral said that is is essential to clear the silt and illegal filling from the river course to restore free flow through all three spans.
“Also there is a need to take up the work of Reconstruction of the eroded wing/protection walls, and restore the approach slabs. As such estimate for “Repairs and restoration of the peripheral component of the bridges on river kalti at ch.8.20 km Keri on NH-748 AA, amounting to Rs. 90.65 lakhs is proposed for the Sanction of MoRTH under FDR funds,” he said.
Minister said that he has directed my officers to continuously follow up with the Regional Office of MoRTH, Mumbai, for early sanction of the said estimate and the work will be taken up once the approval is received from MoRTH.