Ghatkopar road overbridge in Mumbai is overloaded, needs repairs soon
The Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT-B) team that is auditing bridges on Mumbai’s suburban train network has pointed out that the the Ghatkopar RoB requires major repairsmumbai Updated: Jul 27, 2018 10:24 IST
After Lower Parel’s Delisle Bridge and Andheri’s Gokhale Bridge, the road overbridge (RoB) at Ghatkopar might be the next to be closed down. The Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT-B) team that is auditing bridges on Mumbai’s suburban train network has pointed out that the the Ghatkopar RoB requires major repairs. Like Gokhale Bridge, the Ghatkopar RoB has cables and pipelines going through it as well as damage caused by seepage and erosion.
“Additional cables in the bridge have overloaded the footpath and the road at Ghatkopar RoB,” said Pradipta Banerjee, chairperson of the IIT committee auditing the bridges along with Railways and Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).
Ghatkopar RoB is an important link between the eastern and western parts of this densely-populated suburb. It is used by cars, trucks and buses. Shutting down this bridge for repairs would in all probability cause massive congestion.
Fortunately, the Ghatkopar RoB does not need be repaired urgently, so maintenance work will be done while keeping the bridge open to vehicles. A detailed audit of the Ghatkopar RoB will be undertaken by railway officials. “We have closed down the pedestrian portion of the bridge and have asked BMC to remove excess cables and pipelines from the pathway. Maintenance of the bridge will be undertaken and necessary steps will be taken after the IIT report,” said SK Jain, divisional railway manager, central railway.
No timeline has been set for the repair of the Ghatkopar bridge.
The IIT-B, BMC and Railways have undertaken an audit of 445 bridges across Mumbai’s suburban train network. The bridges include road over bridges (RoB) and foot over bridges (FOB). So far, all of them seem to be damaged to some degree. “Every bridge which has been inspected till now has been taking load which is far in access for anything what it is designed to handle. Every bridge examined has corrosion in some form and maintenance is required,” said Banerjee.
First Published: Jul 27, 2018 01:21 IST