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Bandra railway station in Mumbai to breathe easy with wider roads, bus lane, auto stand

The BMC on Thursday passed a proposal to release Rs2.25 crore in compensation to WR

mumbai Updated: Dec 22, 2017 00:44 IST
Geetanjali Gurlhosur
Geetanjali Gurlhosur
Hindustan Times
Bandra railway station,Mumbai,wider roads
With the plan, the BMC aims to unclog Bandra railway station. (Hindustan Times)

To decongest Bandra (West) railway station, the Western Railway will soon allow demolition of its residential quarters for road widening work.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Thursday passed a proposal to release Rs2.25 crore in compensation to WR. The land will be used to widen the road outside the railway station by 10-20 feet, said Vaquar Javed, BMC executive engineer. Work is likely to begin in a month. The BMC has already cleared the station area of encroachments, said an official. Bandra railway station is a Grade-1 heritage structure. As part of the station’s beautification project, the BMC will remodel the entire area, tile sidewalks, develope seating areas for passengers, and earmark a dedicated bus lane and an auto stand in next few months

“The railway structures will be demolished as soon as the railway authority gets money. We are yet to decide the exact length of the extended road. The project may start in a month,” said Javed.

A senior railway official confirmed that the WR had signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the BMC, after which the plan got approval from the Mumbai Heritage Conservation Committee. “We have vacated residential quarters across the road. The idea is to extend the road so that passengers have full visibility of the heritage structure,” he said.

Local corporator Asif Zakaria, who questioned the proposal, told HT, “The BMC should have acquired the land before developing it. The road can also be widened at a cost of Rs1 lakh and the railway authorities must be held responsible for increasing encroachments .”

According to rules, it is the responsibility of the BMC to remove hawkers within a 150-metre radius of all stations. Meanwhile, the WR ordered a probe after a catering stall on platform number four of Bandra railway station caught fire early on Thursday.

First Published: Dec 22, 2017 00:44 IST