At the 1st Biennial Conference on Indian Bridge Management System (IBMS) 2016, Aditya Sharma, Highways & Structures Director, Ramboll India Transport was invited at a panel discussion on effective BMS implementation by the Ministry of Road, Transport & Highways, Government of India. On the basis of the panel discussion, a recommendatory communique which highlights the steps required towards ensuring safety of bridges in India was later presented to Nitin Gadkari, Minister of Road Transport & Highways and Shipping. Aditya is also a member of the National Advisory Committee of IBMS.
According to Aditya, “there is an urgent need for extensive participation by stakeholders such as Public Works Departments of different states, local bodies, bridge corporations etc. in the field of bridge management system. The conference played a pivotal role in deliberating and discussing the steps required so that timely actions can be taken to repair the structures or build new ones in their place.”
Expert paper on over-weight consignments
Held in New Delhi from 4-5 October 2016, the conference also recognised a technical paper authored by Aditya and Prithwi Raj Kottanakal, Bridges Design Engineer, Ramboll Engineering Centre.
The paper titled “Conditional Assessments and Strengthening of Rangpu Chu Bridge for carrying the OWCs”, focusses on the conditional assessments and rehabilitation of the bridge which connects Sikkim with the rest of the country for shipment of over-weight consignments for the construction of a hydroelectric power plant in the state.
The conference saw bridge engineering professionals from the public and private sector, non-government organisations and academia discuss various aspects related to the repair, rehabilitation, retrofitting and replacement of India’s bridge assets.
Established by the Ministry of Road, Transport & Highways, Government of India, IBMS is aimed at creating a comprehensive inventory of India’s bridge assets. It also strives to act as a platform for the stakeholders to put forward their suggestions and research findings that can assist the Ministry in fine-tuning the platform in a better manner.