Lower Parel bridge shut down; Commuters throng adjacent roads

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 its report and advised the railways to shut down Lower Parel’s Delisle bridge for vehicular movement.

Due to the shutting down of the bridge, commuters are facing a lot of problems. One could see people queing on the adjacent road of the station.

Social activist Swarita Rajesh Patkar said that if the railways had decided to close the bridge on Tuesday, they should have beefed up security. She fears a Elphinstone stampede situation could get triggered with lapse in 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 responded to the BMC suggesting that they replicate the work done on Hancock bridge and reconstruct the same in minimal time. 

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