The much-awaited Santacruz-Chembur Link Road (SCLR) cleared a major hurdle recently when the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) received in-principal approval for the construction of a railway over-bridge (RoB) on the main central line near Kurla terminus.
The nod from the Central Railway was one of the prime reasons for the prolonged delay in the construction of the all-important link road.
MSRDC officials said the commissioner for railway safety had approved the RoB with some changes to be made to the method of girder launching.
Subhash Nage, chief engineer of MSRDC, told HT, “We have made a presentation to the commissioner on the design for launching girders a few days ago. The design has been given in-principle approval with some changes. We expect the final approval in a month’s time.”
For a long time, the two agencies could not come to an agreement on the design for the RoB. The railways had turned down the state’s plan to construct a permanent pier between the railway tracks on the central line citing danger to train traffic. The state agency will now build a temporary pier to facilitate launching of girders.
With the new development, the corporation will reduce further delay and will only need six months to construct the RoB.
“Earlier, the railways had asked us to use cranes. But, the use of a 600-metric-tonne crane is not possible at the RoB site. So, we requested the railways to allow us to use the pushing method to launch the girders, in which we will have to build a temporary pier. The railways have approved it,” said a senior MSRDC official, who did not to be named, as he is not authorised to speak to the media.