The Western Railway (WR) has extended the deadline for the foot overbridge (FOB) at the Elphinstone Road station by a month. This means, the bridge will now be open to commuters by end of June.
The previous deadline of the project was May 31. However, looking at the current status of the bridge, the chances of the WR achieving it were bleak.
The foundation and the pillars of the FOB have been placed, but it will require a major block of train services to connect the pillars.
According to Sharat Chandrayan, chief PRO of the WR, the bridge will be commissioned by June-end. The FOB will be 22m in length and 6m in height. It is expected to cost around Rs25 lakh.
Chandrayan said the WR had not carried out any major block to construct the FOB and work was being carried out for two-three hours in night.
“It takes time to build a FOB. We have to dig land near the tracks and that may affect the geometry of the tracks and may affect train services. Work is in progress and it will be commissioned by June,” said Chandrayan.
Along with the Elphinstone road station, FOBs at Nalasopara and Bhayandar are also under construction.
In 2010, the WR had announced that it would build 30 new FOBs of which eight were sanctioned in Mahalaxmi, Dadar, Lower Parel, Matunga Road, Vile Parle, Kandivli and Goregaon. Last year three FOBs were commissioned by WR at Jogeshwari-Goregaon, Goregaon and Vasai road.
The WR had also proposed to build a cable-stayed bridge to replace the more than 100-year-old road overbridge at Elphinstone Road. “The old bridge will be demolished by next year,” said Chandrayan.