Mumbaiites may have to deal with a flooded Milan subway for yet another monsoon. For, the rail overbridge that was to be ready in time for the rain will now be ready only by September.
Completion of the bridge has been delayed after railway authorities insisted that the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) use a better anti-rust technique on a 61-metre steel bridge, which is part of the railway overbridge (ROB).
Through its contractor, the MMRDA has been using the galvanisation technique to ensure that steel structures do not rust quickly. "There has been a delay as the new girders have not come in. We had to change the anti-corrosion treatment at the railways' insistence," metropolitan commissioner Rahul Asthana said.
However, railway authorities have not asked the MMRDA to use the process of metallisation, which is supposed to be a superior technique for stopping rusting and corrosion. Asthana said the ROB will be completed and functional only by September.
The Milan subway is among the city's most chronic flooding spots. As a solution, the MMRDA, in 2007, proposed the overbridge to connect SV Road and the Western Express Higway. Work began in January 2008, but was interrupted by several controversies.