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Dilapidated Khar subway needs WR’s urgent attention

About a month ago, the Western Railway (WR) had decided to carry out major repair work on the dilapidated Khar subway, but the work was later stalled.

mumbai Updated: Oct 23, 2010 01:27 IST
Shashank Rao
Shashank Rao
Hindustan Times

About a month ago, the Western Railway (WR) had decided to carry out major repair work on the dilapidated Khar subway, but the work was later stalled.

Now, the subway’s condition has deteriorated further, with signal wires above the subway partially dangling through holes. Also, cement flakes from the subway’s roof are falling off. Bulging chunks of concrete can be seen coming loose; there are cracks on the walls, while the steel reinforcements have been corroded. The leaky ceiling joints in the subway are clogged with trash and water is dripping out from them.

“The situation is going from bad to worse as the subway now looks really dangerous. It is used by at least a lakh vehicles everyday,” said a local resident, who stays close to the subway. The situation has worsened in the last two days because of the heavy rains during the night.

According to railway officials, the delay is due to the cumbersome procedure of getting permission from various agencies.

“We need an extended period of time to carry out repair work on Khar subway and it can’t be done during night. We are looking at mechanisms to see that work can be carried out soon,” said a senior WR official, who did not wish to be named, as he is not authorised to speak to the media.

The WR will now have to coordinate with the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) for carrying out immediate repair works. “We have repaired the drainage system and will now coordinate with the traffic police,” said M Kshirsagar, ward officer of H-West ward.

On August 27, when the WR decided to carry out repair work in the afternoon, motorists objected saying that it was affecting traffic movements. “There is an issue about getting permissions before starting repair work,” said S Chandrayan, chief PRO, WR.

First Published: Oct 23, 2010 01:26 IST