Kolkata-based Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers Limited (GRSE Ltd.), a premier establishment for building warships and carrying out engineering fabrications in the country, has come out with yet another stellar achievement. The Research and Development team of GRSE has turned the construction of a bailey type double-lane portable steel bridge into a reality, that too in a record time.
The construction of the bridge was carried out inside the company’s premises near Belur station, in Kolkata. Scientists from the Structural Engineering Research Centre (SERC), CSIR have validated the bridge through live load tested for double Class-A vehicle loading as per latest Indian standard, viz., Indian Road Congress (IRC-6).
Construction of Launching Abutment for the bridge was completed and the bridge, the first of its kind in India, was launched on 30 Aug 2019.The pre-fabricated bridge has a span of 42.67m without intermediate pier and a width of 7.5m. It can support two-way traffic comprising heavy vehicles with a total load of about 110MT.With a modular design facilitating easy assembly, these bridges can be erected quickly even in the most demanding of terrains and conditions.