Delay in repair spells trouble for 6 major Mumbai bridges

Delay in repair spells trouble for 6 major Mumbai bridges

Traffic on six of the city´s crucial road-over-bridges could be restricted if the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) delays the repair of these flyovers any further. The bridges - Frere bridge at Charni Road, Belasis bridge at Grant Road station, Mahalaxmi bridge, Lower Parel bridge, Carol bridge which is also known as Parel bridge and Tilak bridge at Dadar - serve as crucial links for connecting the eastern part of the city to the west.

The issue poses serious inconvenience and even risk to life for the lakhs of rail and road commuters who use these bridges. In November 2015, the Western Railway (WR) bridge department had written to the BMC pointing out the need to repair or refurbish the bridges which are almost 100 years old. The Belasis bridge was built in 1893 at Grant Road and is thus over 110 years old, as per the Railways´ record.

Some of these bridges cross both the Central and Western Railway lines. This means that in any case of any eventuality, both these lines could be disrupted.

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