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Army to build foot overbridge at Mumbai’s Elphinstone Rd station where 23 died

CM Devendra Fadnavis, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal visit site where 23 people died in stampede, say Army will also build FOBs at two more stations

mumbai Updated: Nov 01, 2017 08:34 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
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Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal visited the Elphinstone Road station premises in Mumbai on Tuesday, along with Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT)

By February 2018, Mumbaiites using Elphinstone Road station, where 23 people were killed in a stampede on September 29, will be able to commute more safely, as the Army is constructing a new, temporary foot over-bridge (FOB) that connects Elphinstone and Parel stations.

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis made this announcement on Tuesday morning as he visited Elphinstone Road station with Railway Minister Piyush Goyal and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.

The new bridge will be constructed by the military’s engineering wing, and will be ready for use by end of February 2018.

The team will also build two other FOBs, at Currey Road and Ambivali (beyond Kalyan) stations. Sitharaman said: “It is a nation-building exercise by the army.”

The three leaders conducted a review visit on the occasion of the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government completing three years in power in Mahrashtra.

Ashish Shelar, BJP’s Mumbai president, had met with Sitharaman on October 6, and submitted a demand that six FOBs be built with assistance from the military engineering wing for speedy relief to commuters.

The Western Railway has floated tenders for the construction of a new, 12-metre-wide FOB to the north of the existing FOB, which is common for Parel and Elphinstone Road stations. The Central Railway has started preparatory work for this FOB. Once this bridge is ready for use, the Army’s temporary bridge will likely be dismantled.

Meanwhile, Shiv Sena Member of Parliament Arvind Sawant accused the BJP of excluding him from the review visit, though the area falls in his constituency.

First Published: Oct 31, 2017 12:00 IST