Message from Honorable Minister of Road Transport and Highways of India

On behalf of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH), I am pleased to dedicate the Indian Bridge Management System (IBMS) at the 1st Biennial Conference on IBMS being held in New Delhi on 4th &5th October, 2016. IBMS is the world’s largest bridge database owned by a single owner with an inventory of over 120,000 bridges and culverts in the country.

IBMS, an integral part of our vision to create sustainable infrastructure, is aimed at creating a comprehensive Inventory of our bridge assets. This dedicated and intelligent system will ensure a seamless asset creation and management with proper and timely distress diagnosis, repair and retrofitting.

Phase-1 of the project, which focuses on the National Highway network aims at Capacity Building making young engineers technocrats to inspect and repair bridges under this project through a process of ‘accreditation’ by a dedicated Center of Excellence.

The 1st Biennial Conference on IBMS is being held under the auspices of the Ministry. I fervently urge all State Governments to depute their officers and take advantage of this unique gathering. I also take this opportunity to appeal to the bridge fraternity to participate in this Conference and be a part of IBMS and Setu Bharatam.

I wish the organizers and the participants the very best.