Union Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari on Thursday while citing the safety audit report in the Parliament said that more than 100 bridges in the country requires immediate attention as they were on the verge of collapse. The Union Minister presented this data after his ministry completed the safety audit report of 1.6 lakh bridges in the country.  

Speaking in the Lower House during the monsoon session of the Parliament, Nitin Gadkari said, “Completed safety audit of 1.6 lakh bridges in the country and found more than 100 structures in dilapidated condition. “100 bridges can collapse anytime and they need immediate attention.” 

The Union Transport Minister also mentioned that the ministry had took a special project to create a report of all bridges and culverts in the country as part of the steps to avert mishap. 

Earlier in July, Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari announced grant of Rs 200 crore as first installment for immediate repair of National Highways damaged due to heavy rains in Assam.

Gadkari had also said that, if needed, further financial assistance will be given after a final report is submitted by an expert-team of the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI). 

(With inputs from IANS)

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