Andheri's Gokhale Bridge to be rebuilt at a cost of ₹103 crores

The decision to build the new bridge was taken after the 2018 incident and it is said that the construction would be held in phases. As per the plan, the process will begin within two months and the project is expected to complete in 18 months.

Andheri's Gokhale Bridge to be rebuilt at a cost of ₹103 crores
SHARES

Last month, the officials from the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) had proposed new contracts for the demolition and reconstruction of several bridges and road overbridges in the city. 

One of the bridges in the plan was Andheri's GK Gokhale Bridge, which was opened for public after the incident in 2018, where the pedestrian part of the bridge collapsed, killing two and leaving three injured. Officials have now planned to work on the bridge again at an estimated cost of ₹103 crores. The panel comprising of Shiv Sena members at a recently held meeting gave a go-ahead on the project.  

BJP corporator Jyoti Alvani said that the officials delayed the process of bringing the proposal for approval as the issue was regarding the consensus. A part of the bridge comes under the BMC and another under railways and this discussion caused the delay. 

The submitted proposal states that the officials will slice the bridge across its length and then rebuild it in phases. It is said that the BMC will cut one half of the bridge and reconstruct the slopes. The other half of the Gokhale bridge will undergo demolition and then this will be rebuilt and then the two will be joined together.

The decision to build the new bridge was taken after the incident where a consultant was appointed to estimate the cost. Earlier, it was estimated that the cost would be around ₹87 crores and now it is said that the final cost would increase. As per the plan, the process will begin within two months and the project is expected to complete in 18 months.

Besides the Gokhale bridge, Santacruz-Chembur Link Road and Ghatkopar-Mankhurd Link Road will also be constructed at a cost of ₹45.07 crores and ₹713 crores respectively, and the approval of the same is awaited.

RELATED TOPICS