There will be 13 more foot overbridges at the railway commuters’ disposal in the next two years. The Western Railway (WR) sanctioned work on thirteen additional overbridges at stations such as Mahalaxmi, Dadar, Parel, Matunga, Vile Parle, Malad, Kandivli, Goregaon, Santacruz and Borivli.
They will also construct public overbridges at Jogeshwari, Kandivli and Borivli near the level crossing gates. Once these overbridges come up, the level crossing gates would be shut for public use.
Once an overbridge is sanctioned, the railways identify a place to construct them. On July 3, the WR authorities opened a new overbridge at Elphinstone Road on the southern end of the station. With its opening, the total number of foot overbridges on WR’s suburban section has risen to 88.
This overbridge was built at a cost of Rs80 lakh is 22-m long and has a width of 6m. Presently a single overbridge connects Elphinstone Road and Parel stations, making life difficult for commuters on both the railways.
“We are also connecting skywalks with railway overbridges,” said S Chandrayan, chief PRO, WR.