BMC to reconstruct 6 British-era bridges in the city

The civic body will be undertaking the reconstruction work of the bridges at Grant Road, Mumbai Central, Mahalaxmi, Elphinstone, Lower Parel and Dadar stations, all built in the British-era

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In the wake of the Andheri Bridge collapse, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will be reconstructing six bridges in the city built during the British-era. The bridges at Grant Road, Mumbai Central, Mahalaxmi, Elphinstone, Lower Parel and Dadar stations are identified by the Western Railway (WR) for reconstruction.

Earlier, it was decided that only the bridge girders will be replaced. However, now the construction of the entire bridge will be undertaken.

The decision was taken in a joint meeting and was presided over by the BMC Commissioner Ajoy Mehta on Tuesday. The civic body, the railways and the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) have mutually formed 12 teams whose job will be to inspect 445 structures, including Road Overbridges (ROBs), Foot Overbridges (FOBs), and pipelines passing over the railway tracks.

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After the meeting, the BMC released a statement stating that the Tilak Bridge in Dadar and Elphinstone Bridge will be given the top priority.

The civic body had sanctioned the work a long time ago and it has now been prioritized after the collapse of the pedestrian bridge near Andheri Railway station.

Meanwhile, the Central Railway (CR) has also identified the Carnac Bunder bridge, Byculla bridge, Currey Road bridge, Sion ROB, Reay Road ROB and Chunabhatti bridge, all constructed during the British era, to be inspected. According to a CR official, the decision on their repair or reconstruction will be taken after the inspection.

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