The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), the country’s biggest civic body, in a statement, has said that the work to dismantle and reconstruct 29 ROBs (road overbridges) and FOBs (foot overbridges) was going on in full swing and will be completed in a time-bound manner. The BMC expressed regret over the inconvenience caused to people by the closure of several bridges and appealed to them to bear with the civic body, saying it was working for a better future of the metropolis.
After the March 14, 2019, collapse of a foot overbridge near the CSMT railway station in south Mumbai, which left seven people dead, the BMC had ordered a re-audit of all the bridges in the financial capital. During the exercise, it found that there were 29 bridges which were beyond repair and had to be reconstructed. Of them, the corporation has so far demolished eight. Of the remaining 21 bridges, 12 have been fully or partly closed for traffic or people’s use and the nine others will be shut shortly, the statement said.
The closure of bridges without making alternative arrangements, has caused traffic jams and put people to hardship, leading to criticism of the country’s richest civic body, whose budget size for 2019-20 stood at Rs 30,692 crores. The closure of the Ghatkopar Bridge over Laxmi Baug nullah has resulted in massive traffic jams on the busy Eastern Freeway and Eastern Express Highway and people have demanded its re-opening. “The civic body is aware of the inconvenience faced by commuters and motorists. Keeping in mind the safety and security of the people of the city, reconstruction work on the bridges is being done day and night, so that they are completed in the minimum possible time,” said the statement.
(With inputs from PTI)
MMRDA to strengthen 21 FOBs on Eastern and Western Express Highways, in Mumbai
In a bid to prevent collapse of foot over-bridges and increase their lifespan, the MMRDA’s commissioner has ordered the removal of roofs from such bridges on the Eastern and Western Express Highways in Mumbai
May 8, 2019: The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority’s (MMRDA’s) commissioner RA Rajeev, has ordered the removal of roofs from all 21 foot over-bridges (FOBs) on the Eastern Express Highway (EEH) and Western Express Highway (WEH), in order to strengthen them. “The roofs of FOBs, firstly, look very shabby and also weaken the structure, owing to their weight. I have also insisted that there are no advertising boards on the FOBs. This will lighten the load on the FOBs further and they will serve pedestrians longer,” said Rajeev. “We will also paint the FOBs white and grey, to maintain the aesthetic values around,” he added.
While the MMRDA is carrying out the structural audit of eight FOBs on the WEH through VJTI, Mumbai, and will undertake the same for 13 FOBs on the EEH, the observations made by the metropolitan commissioner are considered pertinent, as far as the longevity of the FOBs are concerned. The commissioner also ordered speedy provision of various signages on the WEH and EEH, while the structural stability of existing signages would also be checked. “We will also undertake beautification of the median and spaces below the flyovers on these highways,” Rajeev added.