The district administration has demanded funds to repair eight bridges in the district which had been constructed in the British era.
The Maharashtra government had asked the district collectors to review and audit the old bridges under the Public Works Department after the Mahad bridge collapsed on August 2.
The structural audit of 68 bridges showed that eight were in a very poor condition. District collector Saurabh Rao in a press meet said that the state government would be requested to give funds to re-construct the eight bridges in the district.
“I have sent a proposal to the Maharashtra government in consultation with the PWD officials after the audit,’’ said the collector.
Earlier, the PWD and the Zilla Parishad officials had inspected and audited 68 bridges located on various rivers. During the rains, nearly four of them were closed and after the rains two have been closed. The eight bridges are in Shirur, Bhor, Maval, Pimpri-Chinchwad, Indapur and Purandar.
On who to blame for the Mahad tragedy, the collector said that since the bridges had been operational, renovation had been carried out but not on first-priority basis. It would be taken up after the audit, he said.
“These bridges were constructed before Independence and have crossed their expiry dates but distress syndromes were not found.
However having crossed the expiry date, it is better to replace them,” said the collector in his proposal to the state government.
The collector said that they would also allocate funds for the construction of the bridge at Ambi Vadgaon in Maval area as the residents had been facing problems and the structure would be ready before November. He said that Rs 3.25 crore had been sanctioned for it.
On the overall disaster management front, the state government has sanctioned Rs 3.5 crore for carrying out safety measures in the ten villages identified by College of Engineering Pune. These ten villages were identified among the 23 high-risk villages in the district. The administration wants to implement the measures to ensure safety of the villagers in the area.