Issue of incomplete construction of Mumbai bridges raised in Parliament

In January 2016, Central Railway had demolished the Hancock Bridge which connected Mazgaon and Sandhurst road stations. The bridge was brought down on the basis of a report, which declared the bridge unsafe for commuters

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Over the last few months, there has been a constant delay in the completion of the reconstruction project of the railway bridge at Lower Parel station. Alongside, the Hancock Bridge reconstruction project also has been facing hassles. Owing to this, the traffic movements in adjoining areas have been adversely affected, causing problems to more than 7.5 million daily commuters.

Looking at the problems faced by the people, the issue was raised in the Parliament on Wednesday. Shiv Sena MP Arvind Sawant raised the issue in the Lok Sabha describing how the incomplete railway bridge projects of Mumbai's suburban railway had become a headache for the passengers.

He also added that the Ministry of Railways has been issuing warning over the conditions of railways bridges, constructed during the British era, and had also promised the repair of said railway bridges.

In January 2016, Central Railway had demolished the Hancock Bridge which connected Mazgaon and Sandhurst road stations. The bridge was brought down on the basis of a report, which declared the bridge unsafe for commuters. While the demolition was conducted successfully, the re-construction project is still awaiting completion, though it's December 2019.

In a similar incident, the Lower Parel Railway Bridge, which was dismantled in August 2018, has been awaiting re-construction to take-off for unknown reasons.

Sawant, in the meantime, showed his concerns over the Tilak Bridge in Dadar and expressed that the bridge too was in the process to be declared unsafe and will put under re-construction procedure soon.

Accordingly, he requested the Speaker to direct the Ministry of Railways to keep common commuters' concerns in mind and make the alternative arrangements before dismantling any other bridge in future.

As MP Arvind Sawant brought his concerns to light, he was seconded by MPs Rahul Shewale and Vinay Raut in Parliament.

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