Nearly a decade after the green signal was given for building Oshiwara railway station, the Western Railway (WR) will begin constructing it from May.
The station was proposed between Jogeshwari and Goregaon under phase-I of the Mumbai Urban Transport Project, which then kept it pending due to deadline constraints. Most of the corresponding work, like creating space for the platforms, extension of tracks for the Harbour line and other work, has begun.
Locals have been demanding a road over-bridge (ROB) ever since the station was proposed, before the closure of the level crossing gate. Now, the WR will begin work on constructing this 10-lane ROB (including footpaths) along with the Oshiwara station.
This ROB will connect the Swami Vivekanand Road (SV Road) with the Western Express Highway.
“Once the ROB is completed in two years’ time, two of our level crossing gates (number 25 and 26) will be closed for vehicles and trespassers,” said chief PRO, S Chandrayan of WR.
Once the LC gate is closed, it will help smoother operation of suburban trains, and could mean fewer incidents of trespassing.
The cost of this ROB above the tracks is Rs 14 crore while the total cost is around Rs 40 crore. Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has given the balance amount.
Initially, there were problems between the BMC and WR on the cost-sharing pattern, which has now been sorted out.
HT had first reported about this 10-lane ROB and construction of Oshiwara railway station on February 4. WR is in the process of calling tenders for the construction of another road over-bridge between Andheri and Jogeshwari railway stations, which will happen in the next three months.