Lower Parel bridge shut down; Commuters throng adjacent rods

IIT-B had advised Indian Railways to shut down the bridge owing to its old and rusted iron-cast pillars


After a part of Gokhale bridge collapsed on the railway tracks between Andheri and Vile Parle, Indian Railway Minister Piyush Goyal asked IIT-B to carry out an audit. Likewise, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), Railways and IIT-B have started auditing 445 railway bridges. On July 17, 2018, IIT-B submitted a report and advised the railways to shut down the Lower Parel’s Delisle bridge for any vehicular movement.

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As the bridge is closed for commuting, commuters are now facing a lot of problems. One could see the long queues of people on the adjacent road of the station.   

Social activist Swarita Rajesh Patkar said that if railways had decided to close the bridge on Tuesday, then they should have beefed up the security, the previous day. She added that Elphinstone like stampede could take place in the absence of security.

IIT-B has advised changing the rusted iron-cast pillars of 97-year-old Delisle Road overbridge that was built in 1921. The Western Railways (WR) wrote to the BMC, asking to reconstruct the bridge. The BMC then replied to the WR asking them to reconstruct the bridge that falls in their jurisdiction. The WR then replied to the BMC suggesting that they replicate the work done on Hancock bridge and reconstruct the same in minimal time.