Train services on Western and Harbour lines were severely affected on Monday afternoon after iron railings and part of a hawker’s stall on the foot overbridge at Santacruz were hanging dangerously close to the overhead equipment (OHE) wires.
Around 1.30 pm, western line services towards Borivli were running as late as 40 minutes, while overall services were delayed by 20 minutes.
Harbour line services at Andheri were suspended until 3.50 pm until repairs were complete. More than 14 trains were cancelled resulting in crowded trains even during non-peak hours.
The maintenance of moss-covered foot overbridges (FOBs), built over railway lines by the municipal corporation, is stuck in a tussle between government agencies.
“We have been requesting the civic body to deposit Rs 20.54 lakh to repair this bridge since April 2009, when we conducted a joint inspection. We maintain our own FOBs and if we don’t receive deposits from the BMC, we will be forced to shut all FOBs on safety grounds,” said WR chief PRO, S. Gupta.
The WR sent them a reminder to repair the Santacruz FOB on Friday.
At least 12 such FOBs and overhead water pipelines need repairs because the BMC hasn’t paid the requisite Rs 1.76 crore for maintenance, WR officials claimed.
“We pay the railways time to time for the cost incurred on maintaining the FOB. They should have undertaken necessary repairs rather than waiting for us to pay,” said Chief Engineer, Roads and Bridges, A.V. Ralkar.
The WR carries out annual maintenance of their FOBs, but blames hawkers for causing hurdles by not clearing the area even during repairs.
Recently the Mumbai Railway Passengers Association asked both Western and Central railways to repair and maintain all FOBs, including those built by the BMC.