Railway approval push for Majerhat ROB work

The West Bengal PWD has got Eastern Railway’s permission to install bearings in the Majerhat ROB. After a detailed inspection of Metro’s Howrah unit on 2nd September 2020 (Wednesday), ER engineers gave the permission for installation of the bearings.

It was reported earlier that construction of Majerhat bridge, which is actually and rail overbridge (ROB) that falls under ER’s ambit, has stopped because of the pending clearance. Bridge bearings extremely crucial — there are structural equipment installed between the substructure and superstructure (girder) to transfer the load resulting out of vehicular traffic movement, earthquake, wind speed or the superstructure’s self-weight.

Unless the bearings along the girder are in place, the deck slab cannot be cast. Following the TOI report, ER cleared the bearings’ design on August 26 and asked the state public works department (PWD) to seek its inspection so that it could give permission for the installation.

A span of the ROB fell on September 4 2018, cutting off New Alipore, Behala and beyond from the rest of the city. PWD wants to commission the new bridge before Durga Puja.