Kolkata: The state government will be setting up a bridge corporation that will be handling all works starting from construction of new bridges to repairing of the existing ones. The final move in this connection will be made after Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee returns from Italy.It has been learnt that the step has been taken after the incident in which the middle portion of Majerhat bridge caved in, claiming threelives. Moreover, there was another incident in which a portion of an under-construction bridge caved in on Monday morning. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeWith setting up of the bridge corporation, no other department or undertaking of the state government will be constructing or maintaining any bridges in the state.All the bridges will come under the jurisdiction of the bridge corporation. Sources said that the Chief Minister will be describing the functioning of the corporation after returning from Milan.It has been learnt that the corporation will be handling each and every bridge related work, starting from making plans after consultation with engineers, to preparation of detailed project report (DPR). At the same time, it will also start looking into all possible ways of maintaining the existing bridges. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe body will be headed by a chairman with a set of members and they will be taking all bridge related decisions.The step has been taken to ensure fast execution of any bridge related work. Moreover, with the setting up of the corporation, decision on any work that needs to be carried out for maintenance of a bridge can be taken at the earliest.As a result, there will be better maintenance of the bridges, including those which are 30 to 40 years old.
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