Pune: Cracks appear on Bhide Bridge; PMC declares it safe, allows traffic

It was submerged after 40,000 cusecs water was released from Khadakwasla dam

By: Express News Service | Pune | Published: August 5, 2016 1:05:25 am
Damage was seen to the Bhide bridge which had got submerged under water during Wednesday rains. The cracks were noticed on Thursday after water receded. Express Photo By Pavan Khengre,04.08.16,Pune. Cracks on Bhide Bridge appear after water recedes on Thursday. (Express Photo By Pavan Khengre)

The Bhide Bridge on Mutha river that was submerged on Wednesday after huge volume of water was released from Khadakwasla dam suffered some damages but the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) declared it safe and allowed movement of traffic on it on Thursday.

The low-height bridge, connecting Deccan and Shaniwar Peth, also provides connectivity to the riverside road  from Mhatre Bridge to Shaniwarwada.

It had submerged after 40,000 cusecs of water was released from the Khadakwasla dam. However, the water discharge was reduced to 4,000 cusecs on Thursday morning and the bridge was well above the water level, but a few cracks surfaced.

“The concrete structure of the bridge is intact and only the mastic alphat on the surface has come out due to pressure from beneath. The repair work of the bridge was undertaken with immediate effect,” said additional city engineer Srinivas Bonala.

He said the city police had expressed their concerns over the bridge, but the PMC informed them that it would be safe to allow traffic on the bridge.

The bridge was constructed 15 years ago and had to be reconstructed in the past after the earlier structure of the pipes was Mayor Prashant Jagtap said that he visited the spot after reports of the damage, but found that the damage was on the surface of the bridge only.

Meanwhile, the civic administration has also removed lots of waste and water hyacinth from the area.

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