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BMC Urges Urgent Repairs for WEH Flyover in Andheri Following Safety Report

Reports suggest that in November 2022, the BMC took ownership of the WEH from the MMRDA. In response to the VJTI audit report, the BMC wrote to the MMRDA in May.

BMC Urges Urgent Repairs for WEH Flyover in Andheri Following Safety Report
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The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) had received a critical report from the Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute (VJTI) declaring flyover on the Western Express Highway (WEH) near Chakala junction in Andheri (East) as dangerous. The report has asked for immediate repairs.

Reports suggest that in November 2022, the BMC took ownership of the WEH from the MMRDA. In response to the VJTI audit report, the BMC wrote to the MMRDA in May. 

However, the flyover remains unrepaired, putting several commuters' lives at risk. This has been attributed to the Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority (MMRDA) not having the required structural designs and clarity on applicable procedures.

In the letter, BMC sought permission to remove the reinforced cement concrete (RCC) framework beneath the flyover. The civic body also requested the evacuation of people under the bridge and the provision of space allocation documents to relevant government agencies.

The chief engineer of BMC's bridges department cited the VJTI's April audit report in a letter to the chief engineer of MMRDA. The report highlighted the need for immediate repairs due to the flyover's deterioration.

The BMC demanded structural drawings, plans, and loading calculations. They also requested reimbursement of approximately INR 95 crore for significant repair and structural audit expenses. Additionally, the BMC sought information on ownership documents, ongoing legal proceedings, and permits for space use under the bridge.

BMC's letter also cited orders from the Bombay High Court in PIL (L) No. 126 of 2016. The court asked for action on responsible parties for dangerous bridges under MMRDA and PWD. Given the bridge's 30 year existence, quick intervention is requested.

The VJTI report recommended recasting damaged or crushed pedestals and installing new bearings. It suggested temporary metal stools and plates until the pedestals are remade. The report recommended removing the RCC framework beneath the flyover due to its poor condition and obstruction of the superstructure's vision.

The head engineer of BMC found that the original loading calculations, design requirements, and structural drawings were missing. This discovery occurred when he requested quotations for necessary repairs based on the recommendations.

The MMRDA did not formally reply to the letter. However, BMC now owns the flyover and can dismantle the structure beneath the bridge without the MMRDA's consent.

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