Pedestrians momentarily panic as the footpath on Tilak bridge develops cracks

Pedestrians momentarily panic as the footpath on Tilak bridge develops cracks

Pedestrians leaving Dadar Station onto Tilak Bridge were in for quite a shock on Sunday as they discovered cracks on its path, causing some amount of panic temporarily. 

The BMC (Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation) was quick to react to the pedestrians’ complaints as their team shortly arrived in the area and barricaded the region to avoid any danger to the pedestrians. 

It is said that the tiles at the footpaths had developed cracks, and the fact that Western and Central Railway’s trains run below the bridge may also have been a factor in this. Keeping this in mind, officials from Western and Central Railway will also be included in fixing this. It is said that Railways and BMC officials inspected the site and found no cracks on the deck slab of the bridge. 

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The Maharashtra Rail Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd (MRIDCL) which is run jointly by the State Government and the Ministry of Railways, was recently appointed by the BMC to oversee repairs and maintenance of around 11 foot-overbridges, including Tilak Bridge. 

“The tiles on the north side of the footpath, below which a duct runs, have developed cracks. Following the inspection, it has been decided to remove the tiles and replace the same with MS steel plates. This will also help in reducing the dead load on the bridge to some extent. Till this is done, pedestrian movement on the footpath will be restricted,” an official added.

It is hoped that the footpath on this bridge is fixed soon so that regular pedestrians aren’t inconvenienced. “There is such heavy congestion on the bridge that it is impossible to walk on the road and one needs to walk on the footpath. Restricting access to the footpath will only add to the woes of pedestrians”, one of the pedestrians said.