Railway plans to rebuild 206 bridges

    Railway plans to rebuild 206 bridges
    The Railway Board has ordered a review of all rail bridges in the country that need repair after it was found that out of the 275 such bridges only 23 had speed restrictions on them. The railway has ordered rebuilding as many as 206 bridges across the country whereby the Central Railways has 61 such bridges, East Central Railways 63, South Central Railways 41 and Western Railways has 42 such bridges pending rebuilding. The board had earlier sought details of the condition of bridges and found that the trains would pass on the 252 dilapidated bridges at its usual speed posing a safety hazard. Chief bridge engineers (CBEs) should specifically review the position in respect of all bridges assigned with ORN–1 and ORN–2 rating in their respective railways and firm up the action plan for their rehabilitation on priority. The railway has three ratings for its bridges, overall rating number (ORN), 1, 2, and 3. The bridges with ORN–1 rating require immediate building or rehabilitation ORN–2 ratings are required to be rebuilt on the programmed basis while ORN–3 bridges require special repairs, said an official spokesperson.
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