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Site samples may help forensic studies: Prof

MUMBAI: Collection of samples from the Himalaya bridge collapse web page at CSMT through an expert committee would possibly yield higher results in forensic research, mentioned Prof Pradipta Banerji of IIT-Bombay. While BMC is yet to hunt assist from impartial experts, it's going to be superb to have them in the probe committee, he added.

Banerji, a structural engineer, mentioned the bridge collapse on Thursday was a systemic failure. "We do not value safety as a culture here," mentioned Banerji, who was main investigator for Delisle bridge inspection in Lower Parel. The bridge is now being reconstructed.

While BMC demolished the remaining portion of the bridge and dismantled the body on Friday, it was unclear if samples have been gathered through experts from the web page. "The samples should be ideally taken before they are disturbed further. There should be a forensic inquiry of raw material used, including concrete and steel," mentioned Banerji.

He mentioned every collapse is a innovative collapse. "One thing fails, and simultaneously other things collapse too. It is like a domino effect. Experts need to look for corrosion in bridges. It is important to understand if the bridge was designed to handle the load and if the load was greater, the number of times maintenance was carried out. Some experts even do scenario-mapping," mentioned Banerji. These defaults wish to be recognized and fixed in different bridges of equivalent nature. He mentioned consulting non-public auditors cannot be blamed for such failures as they are anticipated to paintings in unrealistic timelines.

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