Four old road overbridges built over the Central Railway (CR) tracks over 100 years ago will be razed to make way for higher ones.
The 5-m high road overbridges, made of stone, will be replaced by newer wider ones made of cement.
The road overbridge at Currey Road will be the first one to be demolished followed by the S-Bridge (Byculla), Carnac Bunder Bridge and Parel road overbridge connecting with Elphinstone Road station. The ancient plaque and stone-made lamps attached to the ROB, which are in a bad condition, will have to be shifted.
“These old lamp posts and artifacts will be shifted to the railway museum. The plan to demolish these overbridges is in an initial stage and would take at least eight to10 months before getting permissions,” said S. Mudgerikar, chief PRO, Central Railway.
The cost of the new foot overbridge will be around Rs 10 crore. The new road overbridges will be higher to necessitate conversion from 1,500 volts Direct Current line to 25,000 volts Alternating Current lines. These are being done to allow faster movement of suburban trains and as an energy-saving measure.
The proposal will be submitted to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and the Mumbai Traffic Police for permissions.
Sources in Central Railway said the demolition would be carried out in the similar manner as the Masjid Bunder road overbridge that was demolished and replaced in August 2009 in 48 hours.
The country’s first monorail of Jacob Circle-Wadala-Chembur built by the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Corporation will pass over the road overbridge at Currey Road, already built 5 m above the tracks.
On Friday, the CR officials explained their plan to Member of Parliament Milind Deora, who visited three stations of Curry Road, Parel and Byculla.
“I visited three stations and inspected the basic amenities. The foot overbridge and the platform at Parel and Currey Road are narrow. I also visited Byculla station. I have asked the Central Railway authorities to begin work on these projects at the earliest as money had already been sanctioned,” said the south Mumbai MP Milind Deora.