Five railway stations on the Western suburban line will get new foot overbridges.
The 80-year-old overbridges Vile Parle, Dadar, Matunga Road, Lower Parel and Mahalaxmi will be dismantled. The cost of replacing these overbridges will be around Rs 16 crore.
It is not just the age of these FOBs but also the need for conversion from DC-AC that has prompted the railway authorities to dismantle the old FOBs.
Railways are in the process of converting 1,500-volt direct current to 25,000-volt alternating current on the suburban line between Borivli and Churchgate.
“Conversion of lines require higher overbridges to avoid mishaps because of the high voltage of current flowing,” said a senior WR official on condition of anonymity, as he is not authorised to speak to the media. Presently, the overbridges are located at a height of around 4.9 m allowing the overhead equipment cables carrying 1500-volt.
The authorities will have to increase the height of the overbridges to at least 6.5 m from the level of tracks, to accommodate the 25000-volt AC lines.
The officials will first build a new overbridge next to the existing one and then demolish the old overbridge.
Once the process of dismantling is complete, the authorities will send the metal frame of the old overbridges to the Mahim scrap yard to be sold.
The WR conducted a special checking drive in the handicapped compartments of local trains between Andheri and Borivli on Monday.
A fine of Rs 6,400 has been recovered from them.