Centre to formulate policy for database for bridges' condition: Gadkari

New Delhi: Nitin Gadkari, the Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, announced on Tuesday that the Centre will develop a policy to track the condition and age of all bridges across the country. He stated that the Ministry had developed the Indian Bridge Management System in order to collect data on all of the country's bridges.

The union minister said at the launch of Sachidanand Joshi and Vaibhav Dange's book "Building Bridges - Shaping the Future" that the Centre is considering using stainless steel in the construction of coastline bridges. He says that this will assist strengthen and protect the bridges by enhancing their strength and longevity.

Gadkari, highlighting new-age technologies, stated that new technology will be required to connect bridge spans. "In India, we have a 30 metre span. In Malaysia, there is a 45-meter span. The cost of the bridge will be reduced by 30-40% as a result of this "he stated. Gadkari emphasised the importance of multilevel road construction.

"In cities, acquiring land is tough. Cities require the construction of three or four-story roads. In Nagpur, a plan has been developed to run metro over a two-story road. Similarly, plans are being made in Pune for a four-story road project "said the minister of the union.

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