Double Crown 480 pages (approx)

Published by: M/s New Central Book Agency (P) Ltd.

First Published:1992; First Reprint:2000; Second Reprint: 2004; Third Reprint:2009.


The book has been written for the benefit of both the under-graduate and post-graduate students of bridge engineering as well as for the professional engineers and contains in 25 chapters all aspects of bridge engineering starting from the site selection, field investigation, etc., and ending in maintenance of bridges and bridge architecture as given in the brief contents below. The book also contains 33 illustrative examples and 300 sketches. Further, the book has been enriched by inclusion of some special features which are the outcome of the Author’s previous publications and long experience in bridge engineering such as load distribution in bridge decks, bearings and expansion joints, wearing course, river training works, etc. The Author’s simplified method of load distribution in bridge decks containing a set of new curves developed by the Author first published in The Indian Concrete Journal, Mumbai, in June 1964 has reduced the work of tedious and elaborate calculations in the estimation of sharing of loads by the bridge girders and as such the method is being used in many bridge design offices. This simplified method of load distribution along with the set of curves has been included in this book. This is not available in any other book.



 Chapter 1 : History of bridges;

Chapter 2 : Design data for bridge projects;

Chapter 3 : Design discharge & waterway;

Chapter 4 : Classification of highway bridges;

Chapter 5 : Bridge loading & general features of design;

Chapter 6 : Load distribution in bridge decks;

Chapter 7 : Solid slab bridges;

Chapter 8 : Slab & girder bridges;

Chapter 9 : Skew & curved bridges;

Chapter 10 : R.C. continuous bridges ;

Chapter 11 : R.C. balanced cantilever bridges;

Chapter 12 : R.C. rigid frame bridges;

Chapter 13 : R.C. arch bridges;

Chapter 14 : Simply supported steel bridges

Chapter 15 : Steel-concrete composite bridges;

Chapter 16 : Prestressed concrete bridges;

Chapter 17 : Long span bridges;

Chapter 18 : Temporary, low cost & movable bridges;

Chapter 19 : Piers & abutments;

Chapter 20 : Wing & return walls;

Chapter 21 : Shallow & deep foundations;

Chapter 22 : Bearings, expansion joints & wearing course;

Chapter 23 : River training & protective works;

Chapter 24 : Construction, erection & maintenance;

Chapter 25 : Bridge architecture




The Indian Concrete Journal; September, 1992

(A publication of The Cement Marketing Co. of India (P) Ltd., Mumbai)

            The book has been written mainly for students of engineering and practicing engineers. The author was associated with the design and construction of bridges for over three decades and this long experience has helped him in making the book comprehensive, embracing nearly all aspects of bridge engineering. The book is divided into 25 chapters. These chapters, besides giving theoretical background and highlighting codal provisions, contain a number of illustrative examples. A mention must be made of Chapter 6, which includes author’s simplified method of load distribution in bridge decks based on Little-Morice theory. This simplified method, first published in this Journal in 1964-65, is being used by many designers. The book contains a chapter on long span bridges, which among others includes cable-stayed bridges too. Separate chapters are included on the topics of river training and protective works and bridges architecture hitherto neglected by many Indian engineers.


The Indian Highways; September, 1993

(A publication of the Indian Roads Congress, New Delhi)

            The book Design and Construction of Highway Bridges has been written for the benefit of both the under-graduate and post-graduate students of bridge engineering as well as for the practicing engineers. The book contains 25 Chapters covering all aspects of bridge engineering such as site selection, field investigations, fixing of hydraulic particulars, design loading, general features of design, detailed design of various forms and components of bridges structure, river training and protective works, construction, erection and maintenance of bridge and bridge architecture. To make the subject more clear and useful the Author has explained various concepts, design and detailing with the help of nearly 300 figures and sketches. The Author is a well known personality who retired as Chief Engineer. Public Works Department of the Govt. of West Bengal. He was associated with the design and construction of various types of bridges throughout his service career in various capacities. Shri Rakshit is an active member of Indian Roads Congress and has been a member of Bridges Committee as well as other technical committees of the IRC. The book explains various designs in meticulous manner which can be easily understood by the Practicing Engineer. Various methods adopted for construction of foundation, erection and launching of girders, construction of long span arch bridges, truss bridges, cable-stayed bridges and suspension bridges have been dealt with the detail. This book undoubtedly will be of immense help to the students, bridge designers and construction engineers.