Rlys likely to shut Mumbai’s Lower Parel bridge for heavy vehicles
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Rlys likely to shut Mumbai’s Lower Parel bridge for heavy vehicles

A team has been inspecting old rail bridges in the city following the Andheri bridge collapse on July 3, in which a woman was killed and four others were injured.

mumbai Updated: Jul 20, 2018 12:54 IST
Aroosa Ahmed
Aroosa Ahmed
Hindustan Times
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The Andheri bridge collapsed after heavy rains on July 3.(Satyabrata Tripathy/HT Photo)

The British-era rail overbridge (ROB) in Lower Parel is likely to be closed for heavy vehicles, after a team from the Western Railway (WR), the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and the Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay (IIT-B), which inspected the bridge, found it has corroded.

The team has been inspecting old rail bridges in the city following the Andheri bridge collapse on July 3, in which a woman was killed and four others were injured.

During one such inspection, the team found that the Lower Parel bridge, once known as Delice bridge, was corroding. There are no structural errors but a thorough maintenance of the bridge is required owing to corrosion, said WR officials. “Though the corrosion is not dangerous, some proper maintenance is needed as a precaution,” a WR official said, adding that a final decision over closing the bridge for heavy vehicles will be taken after IIT-B submits its report. WR imposed a mega block between Elphinstone Road and Lower Parel to inspect the bridge at night.

WR and Central Railway (CR) have formed internal teams that are inspecting bridges particularly at night by imposing blocks. ROBs at Lower Parel, Grant Road, Malad, and Mira Road have been checked. WR recently shut the pedestrian portion of the Bandra-Kalanagar ROB and Vasai Road ROB.

In a related development, Railway Board chairman Ashwani Lohani has taken serious cognisance of the probe report in Andheri bridge collapse that found fault with WR and has asked to examine cantilever bridges in WR jurisdiction. He also directed WR to submit a report on the steps taken to prevent any mishaps within 30 days.

According to an official, Lohani has directed WR to immediately fix even minor errors in a bridge.

After the inspection of its line, CR has partially or completely closed several bridges such as Carnac Bunder bridge, Patri Pool bridge in Kalyan and Ghatkopar ROB.

“We have asked the BMC to remove the number of cables from the Ghatkopar bridge before we allow pedestrians to use it,” said a senior CR official.

A team of IIT-B, railway and BMC were formed after the pedestrian pathway of the Gokhale bridge collapsed at the Andheri railway station. The teams will inspect 445 structures including foot overbridges and road overbridges which pass over the railway tracks.

First Published: Jul 20, 2018 12:53 IST