100 bridges in fragile state, need immediate attention: Nitin Gadkari

New Delhi: Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari said on Thursday, over 100 bridges in different parts of the country are on the edge of collapsing and they require an immediate attention.

According to a report by Deccan Chronicle, Gadkari said in the Lok Sabha that his ministry had done a safety audit of 1.6 lakh bridges in India, where they found more than 100 structures in a dilapidated condition. “100 bridges can collapse anytime and they need immediate attention,” he said during Question Hour.

He also referred to a tragedy where two state-run buses and some private vehicles were swept away after a British-era bridge over the Savitri river in the Konkan region of Maharashtra collapsed last year.

Last year, his ministry had launched a special project to create data of all bridges and culverts in the country as part of the steps to avert accidents, he added.

Referring to the delay in works on various road projects, the minister said this has been happening due to issues related to land acquisition, encroachment and environmental clearance.

He said road projects worth Rs 3.85 lakh crore were delayed due to various reasons in the past and most of these issues were resolved and their works are in progress.