Two ROBs need immediate attention: IIT Bombay experts tell Railways

The team stated that 10 per cent of the total FOBs and ROBs in the city needed a thorough inspection

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In a series of suggestions by the Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay (IIT-B) experts have asked Railways to arrange separate traffic lanes for buses, trucks at Byculla road overbridge (ROB) and division of heavy vehicles at Currey Road ROB. The experts stated that the two bridges need ‘immediate action’ and are hazardous.

The team also advised the Central Railways and Western Railways to dismantle and reconstruct footpaths adjoining all the cantilever bridges in Mumbai.

After a slab of Andheri’s Gokhale bridge fell on July 3, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal had ordered the structural audit of 445 bridges throughout the city. The audit team consisted of BMC officials, Railway officials and IIT-Bombay experts.

Heavy vehicles should not be allowed on both the road overbridges. As Currey Road ROB doesn’t have enough space, we have suggested segregation of traffic and installation of height bars. The bridges are very old and have been taking extra load,” said Pradipta Banerjee, chairperson of the IIT committee.

The team further stated that 10 per cent of the total FOBs and ROBs in the city needed a thorough inspection and also emphasised upon the proposal to conduct a structural audit of the Ghatkopar bridge.

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