The work on the remaining 60 metres stretch of the 700 metres-long Milan rail over bridge (RoB) is likely to begin this weekend, nearly five months after the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) had sought clearance from the Western Railway (WR) for an operational block to carry out the construction work.
“We expect clearance from the railways to come this week, as most issues have been sorted out, and at least a trial block (to see if construction work can be started) will be started from Saturday,” said Ashwini Bhide, additional metropolitan commissioner, MMRDA.
Bhide said that the authority expects to complete the project and open it to vehicular traffic from east to west, in a maximum period of two months. This long-pending project has missed five deadlines in the past two years.
The four-lane bridge runs over seven railway tracks. More than 1,200 train services run ion this stretch daily, which makes it one of the busiest suburban corridors in the city.
Sandeep Silas, divisional railway manager, Mumbai, Western Railway, was also optimistic that the long-delayed work would begin soon. “About 10 days back we had a meeting with the general manager and it was suggested to the MMRDA that they lessen the number of days from 98 to 78 and work for four hours at night over the weekend, instead of the two and a half hours that they had sought,” Silas said. “We also want the work to start soon, but we have to consider the safety of suburban train operations. Once we get their response concerning an alternative block plan, we will sanction a block.”