Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Railways
24-August-2012 13:31 IST
Railways Carry Regular Inspection of Bridges
No age norms are laid down for the Railway bridges. There is no outdated bridge on Indian Railway system. The rebuilding/rehabilitation/strengthening of bridges is undertaken on the basis of their physical condition and not on the basis of age. As on April 1, 2012, there are 33,395 Railway Bridges which are more than 100 years old. A regular and rigorous system of inspection of Bridges is followed on Indian Railways. Under this system all the Bridges are thoroughly inspected once a year by designated officials. In addition, the inspecting officials also inspect the bridges during their routine inspections. Rebuilding/rehabilitation/strengthening of bridges is undertaken on the basis of their physical condition as ascertained during regular inspections.

As on April 1, 2012, 3596 Railway bridges are sanctioned for rebuilding/ rehabilitation/strengthening, which include bridges of all ages. The zone-wise break up is – Central Railway (128 bridges), Eastern Railway (345 bridges), East Central Railway (556 bridges), East Coast Railway (144 bridges), Northern Railway (354 bridges), North Central Railway(146 bridges), North Eastern Railway (3 bridges), Northeast Frontier Railway (129 bridges), North Western Railway (218 bridges), Southern Railway (226 bridges), South Central Railway (170 bridges), South Eastern Railway (327 bridges), South East Central Railway (116 bridges), South Western Railway (108 bridges), Western Railway (340 bridges) and West Central Railway (286 bridges). During the last five financial years, a total of 6,011 Rail bridges have been rebuilt/rehabilitated/strengthened on Indian Railway System.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways, Shri Bharatsinh Solanki in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.