In an effort to expedite the operation of the newly formed Bridge Inspection and Monitoring Cell, the state government has decided to create 21 new posts.

An official of the state PWD said that the new posts would be created in different categories so as to ensure regular inspection of bridges. The move will give the Bridge Inspection and Monitoring Cell sufficient manpower to inspect all distressed and damaged bridges, provide checklist for visual inspection by concerned division, prepare panel of agencies for health checkup of bridges and for rehabilitation and retrofitting of bridges.

Among the posts that are being created four would be of Superintending Engineer (Civil) three of Executive Engineer (Civil), 14 of Assistant Engineer (Civil).

The Bridge Inspection and Monitoring Cell will function under the direction of Chief Engineer (Planning) Roads. The Chief Engineer (North/South/West) Zone, P.W.(Rds.)Dte. would provide office space and other office facilities for respective officers of the ‘Bridge Inspection and Monitoring Cell’ in their respective zones.

This apart, two data entry operators would also be engaged on contractual basis. The PWD divisions will undertake periodic inspection, taking up repairs and proper maintenance of the bridges under their jurisdictions. Each division will take up visual inspection of the bridge four times in a year ~ February, May, August and November.

If the divisions notice any distress that requires expert opinion, it shall inform it to the Bridge Inspection and Monitoring cell. The health check up of all bridges will be done once a year. This will include all non destructive testing of various components of the bridge to find out indications of distress, a distress mapping of the bridge, prescription for repairs and other actions needed to restore the bridge to the condition it was just after construction. The Bridge Inspection and Monitoring cell will empanel a list of agencies for conducting annual health checkup of bridges.