The city will get its widest road over-bridge (ROB) in the next two years. The Western Railway (WR) plans to construct a 10-lane ROB between Jogeshwari and Goregaon stations, thus closing the existing level crossing gate completely. Currently, the widest ROB in the city is a six-lane one at Dahisar.
“This ROB would be as wide as the Western Express Highway. This is being built looking at the future needs of motorists,” said a senior WR official on condition of anonymity, as he is not authorised to speak to the media.
“The number of vehicles is bound to increase in the coming years. When we are building a new ROB, then why not make it wide enough so that it doesn’t create problems for motorists,” said another WR official.
The life of the proposed ROB is expected to be at least 100 years, he said.
The WR would be carrying out the construction with the help of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), which has also favoured a 10-lane bridge.
Sources said initially there were differences between the WR and the BMC over the cost of the project. The total cost of the project is expected to be around Rs40-45 crore. As per the cost-sharing pattern agreed by both agencies, the WR would have to shell out about Rs27 crore, which would be the cost incurred for constructing the main portion over the railway lines.
The BMC would spend on constructing the remaining portion of the ROB that falls outside the railway premises. However, officials from WR said that the finance department of the railway board was skeptical about the cost factor, as they felt that the cost calculated by the BMC was much higher than the estimate made by the WR.
“The board is looking into the proposal,” said Sharat Chandrayan, chief PRO, WR.
Completion of the ROB would give a much-needed boost to the proposed Oshiwara railway station that has been stuck since 2002. The locals have been demanding an ROB before closure of the level crossing gate.