Bridges built post-Independence are weak
October 9, 2017 1:39 am
Bridges built during the Colonial Sugar refinery years are still strong and hasn’t collapsed.
Acting Prime Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says these bridges are still resilient however those built post 1970 are the weak ones which are collapsing.
Sayed-Khaiyum says bridges should not collapse or fail as they’re built to last more than eighty to one hundred years.
“Some of the CSR bridges when you go to the western side, those bridges are still up and running, they take trucks, they’re not failing, but these bridges that was built in the 1970s and 1980s are actually failing on us. So obviously whether they’re not built properly, engineering wasn’t done properly, some of the bridges we have seen there were not enough steel put in and not enough concrete was put in.”
Sayed-Khaiyum says that whether it was because of pure incompetency or corruption, this is something the government cannot answer now.
He adds this has put pressure on the government to ensure the bridges are fixed.
He says it puts pressure on the budget, the resources the government has and contractors.
More than one hundred bridges are expected to undergo repair works around the country.