Maintenance: Need Dedicated Team To Manage Bypass Bridges & Culverts After Handover: Kmc |

Maintenance: Need Dedicated Team To Manage Bypass Bridges & Culverts After Handover: Kmc |


Kolkata: With the maintenance of all flyovers, bridges, subways, foot overbridges and culverts on EM Bypass handed over to Kolkata Municipal Corporation from Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority, officials of both agencies are awaiting a clear picture on several issues, including a team with specific skills to maintain the structures.
On Saturday, the urban development department issued an order stating the handover of 37 utility structures on Bypass, including Ultadanga flyover, Chingrighata flyover, Ambedkar Bridge, and all subways, culverts and FOBs from KMDA to KMC for operation and maintenance. KMC officials said they will need to chalk out a strategy to carry forward the KMDA work and need expertise, manpower and tools for regular maintenance of the structures.

KMDA was working on strengthening Chingrighata flyover and Baghajatin ROB and setting up an FOB near Patuli. “Now that maintenance of Baghajatin ROB and Chingrighata flyover has been handed over to KMC, they should take over the strengthening work of bridges. Construction of the Patuli FOB will continue till further instruction from the authorities,” said a KMDA official.
Some officials feel a new roads and bridge division in KMC could be formed taking manpower from KMDA on deputation. “The roads and bridge sector is one of the most important divisions of KMDA,” said KMDA’s development employees joint action committee general secretary Pranbandhu Nag.
“We hope to receive the handover order on Monday. Though we have been maintaining the roads of Bypass, maintaining flyovers, FOBs and underpasses require specific skill. We may need to set up a new team to tackle the new challenges,” said a KMC official.
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