After IIT-B report, CR, BMC to make four RoBs stronger
The strengthening work will include the girders of the four bridges.Updated: May 08, 2019, 04:42 IST
Following IIT-Bombay’s (IIT-B) audit report on the bridges in the city, Central Railway (CR) and Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) have decided to start implementing the report’s recommendations from next week. The railways along with the civic body have planned to strengthen the road overbridges (RoB) at Currey Road, Byculla, Ghatkopar and Arthur Road.
The strengthening work will include the girders of the four bridges.
The cantilever portion of the Currey Road bridge will be closed to pedestrians for a month in order to undertake the work of strengthening and removing extra weight from the bridges.
Both CR and the BMC have asked the traffic police to introduce speed limit on all the RoBs, except the one in Ghatkopar RoB. The decision to implement IIT-Bombay’s report was taken in a joint meeting of CR and the BMC. IIT-B was asked to audit bridges in the city after the pedestrian pathway of Gokhale Bridge at Andheri railway station collapsed in July last year. Experts from CR, Western Railway and officials from the civic body also took part in the audit.
“The meeting was to discuss the process in which work on the four bridges will be undertaken. We will be undertaking strengthening work of the Currey Road bridge, due to which it will have to be shut. The BMC is looking for an alternative for pedestrians and then the work will begin,” said a senior CR official.
The IIT- Bombay report has also recommended restriction on heavy vehicles weighing more than 16 tonnes at Ghatkopar, Byculla and Arthur Road RoBs. Speed restriction of 30 kmph has been imposed on all vehicles on the Byculla, Arthur Road and Currey Road RoBs. The expert team had also asked for the closure of footpath used by pedestrians adjacent to the Byculla RoB near Byculla market.
Light vehicles including cars and two-wheelers will only be allowed on the road lane next to the footpath of the Byculla bridge.