Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers Ltd., Kolkata installed two
Bailey Bridges at Kolkata, near the site of the collapsed bridge at Majerhat,
in a record time of six days. The bridges were inaugurated by Shri Vineet
Goel, IPS, Addl. Commissioner of Police(I), Kolkata Police and opened to
traffic movement on 12 Oct 18.
Order was received on 24 Sep 18 from PWD, Govt. of West Bengal
with a stringent requirement of operationalization by 10 October 18 prior to
commencement of Durga Puja with the requirement of 2 (two) nos. 25mtr
(80ft) Bailey Bridges (Extra Wide) galvanised with load class of 70R over the
Chetla Boat Canal on extension of Alipore Avenue at one side of the Canal
& Humayan Kabir Sarani on the other side. Considering the imminent
requirements, GRSE team took up the challenge and started the process of
fabrication and erection of the bridges on war footing.
Construction of Launching Abutment for the first bridge started on 02
Oct’ 18 evening and the second bridge on 06 Oct 18. Pushing of both the
bridges towards landing side started on 07 Oct’18 and erection of the
bridges was completed on 08 Oct 18.
Work therefore started on 04 Oct 18 with erection completed on 10
Oct 18 and the bridges inaugurated today, within a record time of six days.
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Completion of installation/erection of both the bridges within a short
span of 06 days (approx. 3 days for each bridge) by GRSE Team has paved
the way to ease out the heavy traffic congestions and establish link between
Kolkata and the rest of south 24 Parganas prior to the important Festivals in
GRSE is the pioneer and the largest manufacturer of Bailey type
portable steel bridges in India with 60% market share having delivered 5100
bridges till date. The company is involved in manufacturing these bridges for
over 40 years now. Indian Army and Indian Border Roads Organization are
regular clientele and are greatly dependent on GRSE for sourcing their
requirement. GRSE has also exported such bridges to friendly neighborhood
countries like Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Myanmar etc.
With a modular design facilitating easy assembly, these bridges can
be erected very fast even in the most challenging terrain and conditions. Onsite
installation infrastructure not being a requirement, makes them ideal for
These versatile bridges often play a vital role in strategic surface
transport networks which is a testimony in this particular project having been
completed within a record period of 06 days for 02 Bridges being installed