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Ambivli FOB: Army speeds up work, mega block on Mumbai’s central line may end sooner

The block is scheduled from 10am to 3pm on Thursday so that the Army can lay girders for new foot over-bridge; work may end an hour earlier

mumbai Updated: Jan 18, 2018 13:24 IST
Sajana Nambiar
Sajana Nambiar
Hindustan Times
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The project is in its last phase, and is expected to be completed before January 31. (Rishikesh Choudhary / HT Photo)

The work of laying girders for the new foot over-bridge (FOB) that is being constructed by the Indian Army at Ambivli railway station on the Central Railway’s (CR) main line began on Thursday morning. The CR has put in place a five-hour-long block — from 10am to 3pm — so that the work can be carried out.

Until the block ends, train commuters travelling between Kasara, Asangaon, Titwala and Kalyan will have to rely on road transport.

The Army is trying to finish the work within four hours so that commuters can be spared some inconvenience. “We shall complete the work in four hours, so it will cut short the duration of the mega block. Work is underway, and our officials are doing it as fast as possible,” said Dhiraj Mohan , an Army officer on duty at the site.

A team of 39 Army officials as well as railway engineers are working on the project.

To give commuters alternatives, the state transport department is operating special buses from Kasara to Kalyan stations, while the Kalyan Dombivli Municipal Transport (KDMT) is running 10 buses from Kalyan station, near Deepak hotel, to Titwala station.

The railways decided to construct the FOB at Ambivli, at the Kasara-end of the station, following the Elphinstone Road station stampede, which claimed 23 lives on September 29, 2017.

The Army, which is building the FOB, started work on November 20, 2017. The project is in its last phase, and is expected to be completed before January 31.

First Published: Jan 18, 2018 13:16 IST