Neither the municipal corporation nor the railway authorities is willing to replace the missing height barriers on two roads in Matunga, which may lead to a potential disaster, with heavyweight vehicles running into the railway bridge at King’s Circle station on the Harbour line.
Height barriers are installed to prevent goods-carrying vehicles above a certain height to pass under railway bridges. But, the height barrier on Babasaheb Ambedkar road, which runs under the King’s Circle railway bridge, has not been reinstalled ever since it fell 20 days ago.
Similarly, the barrier on the Bhau Daji Road, also passing under the bridge, has not been reinstalled since seven months.
The civic body passed the buck to the Central Railway while the Central Railway authority remained unaware about the barriers not being in the place. “We were not aware about the issue but we will send a team to monitor the fallen height barriers,” said Vidyadhar Malegaonkar, chief public relation officer of Central Railway.
“These height barriers ensure the safety of the Harbour line passengers travelling between CST to Bandra and Andheri,” said Nikhil Desai, citizen activist and resident of King’s Circle.
According to Desai, the barrier on BA road was knocked off five times in the past six months. Heavy goods-carrying vehicles often accidentally ram into the height barrier at night because there are no reflectors on it or warning signages.
“The height barrier on Bhau Daji Road has been missing for seven months and the Central Railway has not put it back because the height of the railway bridge is good enough,” said Nandakumar Chaugule, deputy commissioner of police, Traffic.
The traffic police passed the responsibility to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). The traffic police wrote a letter to the requesting them to put back the height barrier on BA road. The BMC was quick to shun responsibility with Sanjay Kurade, officer of the F North ward office, saying: “The height barrier is not the BMC’s responsibility. The Central Railway should take care of it.”