In a major relief to commuters, the long-awaited Patripool is reconstructed and finally inaugurated by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray via video-conferencing. The new bridge is now ready for the public.
“The old Patri Pool bridge, which was built in 1914, posed a big threat as it had become dilapidated. It was pulled down in November 2018. Although its reconstruction process faced numerous sprints, the bridge is now ready. It will provide a big relief to the commuters, particularly the residents of Kalyan and Dombivli,” said Shiv Sena MP Shrikant Shinde from Kalyan.
The Patri Pool, which is the major bridge connecting Kalyan to adjacent areas like Dombivli, Bhiwandi, Thane, and Navi Mumbai was dismantled in 2018, and ever since, it has caused immense discomfort to daily commuters.
MSRDC chief Radheshyam Mopalwar said in his inaugural speech, “The 104-year-old Patripool bridge was dismantled in an emergency after it was declared unsafe by IIT Bombay without any plan ready for the new bridge. Later on, the planning and designing were done and approval was sought. When the work began, the authorities realized that a drainage chamber was blocking the work, so the bridge was redesigned leading to a delay. Apart from the longest weblink girder, the bridge also has another girder of 33m. Both these girders were built in Hyderabad. According to the Global Steel Company, based in Hyderabad, the work of a girder requires at least nine to ten months. However, considering the need for the Patripool ROB, it was built in less than two months.”
“The Patripool girder was built with the machinery that we got from Germany and Italy. We worked day and night to finish it on time. There were several hindrances due to the lockdown and rain, but we managed to finish the work,” said Rishi Agarwal, managing director of the company. The girders were built with a welding work of 25km length and it has around 30,000 nut bolts and 45,000 connection holes. The entire bridge weighs around 850 tons.
The work of the bridge was expected to complete in 2020 itself. However, due to the lockdown, the construction was halted for around three months, before it resumed once again after due permissions from the government authorities.
Shashikant Sontakke, the chief engineer of MSRDC said, “The bridge is now officially inaugurated and opened for vehicles as the work is completed and opened for the public.”