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Goa govt to take up repairs of Portuguese-era bridges

Press Trust of India  |  Panaji 

Nearly 80 Portuguese-era bridges in are in a dilapidated condition and their repair work would be taken up immediately, a said today.

The government had last year begun an audit of all the Portuguese-era bridges in the coastal state.

The exercise was taken up after the bridge across in South district, had collapsed in May last year, killing two people.

"We have identified 80 bridges, most of them small culverts, which are in a dilapidated condition," Goa Public Works Department (PWD) told reporters here.

All the bridges identified so far were in district while the audit was yet to be taken up for such structures located in South Goa, he said.

"It will take one more year to complete the audit of all bridges in the state," Dhavalikar said.

The bridges found to be in a bad condition would either be reconstructed or repaired immediately depending on the requirement, he said.

"We are conducting an audit all the bridges that are more than 30 years old," the said.

The had last week begun the process of formulating a policy to conserve and protect the Portuguese-era structures in the state and to give a new lease of life to them.

and Vijai Sardesai had chaired a meeting of the conservation committee formed by his department to discuss the issue.

According to him, a comprehensive policy would be tabled during the next session of the

Sardesai had said the policy will also decide on providing financial help to these structures.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, June 12 2018. 10:50 IST