Savitri brigde rebuilt a year after 40 plus died

Savitri brigde rebuilt a year after 40 plus died
Nearly 10 months after 40-plus persons were killed when a bridge on the Savitri river in Raigad district on the Mumbai-Goa highway caved in because of heavy rainfall, a new bridge was inaugurated in record time, on Monday, ahead of the south-west monsoon hitting Maharashtra.

The masonry arch bridge - located nearly 170 kms from Mumbai - connected the Mahad town with Poladpur in the Raigad district and was built during the British era.

On 2 August 2016,  two buses of the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) and private vehicles including a Tavera SUV and a Honda City, washed away in the Savitri river. At a formal event, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Union Minister of Road Transport, Highways and Shipping Nitin Gadkari dedicated the bridge to the people.

The ministry sanctioned the estimate on 2 September 2016 and on the same day tenders were called by NH wing of State Public Works Department. The lowest tender was accepted and an agreement was signed on 1 December 2016. Th work is awarded to M/s L & T Infrastructures Pvt. Ltd, Pune. The project has been completed within a record time of 165 days and is being opened for traffic. The total cost of the project is Rs 35.77 crore. The new bridge is 16 meters wide and 239m long. It is fitted with proper lighting arrangement, has wide footpath as well as flood alarm system. It is made of anti-corrosive steel and painted with carbonation paint.

The Savitri River is one of the 5 rivers which originate from Mahabaleshwar - and from  Satara is flows to Raigad district eventually meeting the Arabian Sea at Harihareshwar. It passes through Poladpur, Mahad, Mangaon and Shrivardhan talukas.

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