BMC plans to reconstruct Himalaya Bridge

Since the proposed construction site falls under the jurisdiction of Mumbai Heritage Conservation Committee (MHCC) , BMC officials are waiting for a no-objection certificate (NOC) from the MHCC.

BMC plans to reconstruct Himalaya Bridge

Last year, the Himalaya Bridge near Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) station had collapsed, injuring 31 and taking lives of six individuals.

As per recent development, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has shown interest in reconstructing the bridge and it is reported that the civic body officials have approached the Mumbai Heritage Conservation Committee (MHCC) seeking approval for the same.

Since the proposed construction site falls under the jurisdiction of the heritage precinct, BMC needs a no-objection certificate (NOC) from the MHCC and officials state that on Friday, February 14, 2020, the BMC has submitted a detailed proposal for this phase of the project.

The Himalaya Bridge connected the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) over Dr D N Road to Azad Maidan police station. Last March, the collapse which took place during the evening peak hour rush claimed the lives of six people

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After the incident, the BMC's Roads and Traffic Department had undertaken a study to decide whether to reconstruct the bridge or build a subway. The study suggested that the construction of the bridge would be beneficial, following which, the respective department in the municipal corporation prepared a plan for the same with the help of a consultant.

“Since the bridge will come up in the heritage precinct, we have made three plans. After the heritage committee gives its nod to our designs, we will prepare a cost estimate and how long it will take to build the bridge. If everything goes according to the plan, work could begin in three months,” a senior BMC official told The Indian Express.

The officials from MHCC have received the proposal and a decision will be taken soon after the officials scrutinise the proposal and check all the necessary information concerning heritage aspects.

Currently, the commuters use a subway located at 200 meters from the site of the collapsed bridge. A Zebra crossing with signals has been made accessible for pedestrians.

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