WR to finalise Gokhale bridge contract soon

Western Railway (WR) will soon finalise the contract for constructing the pedestrian pathway of Gokhale bridge in Andheri, which collapsed on July 3, claiming two lives and injuring three persons. Tenders for the project were opened earlier this week.

Sources said that WR on Thursday wrote to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) seeking Rs. 3.4 crore for repairing Gokhale Bridge. “Until we get the funds, we will not be able to award the contract and the work will be stalled,” a senior railway official said. WR officials had earlier written a letter on July 26 asking BMC to disburse Rs. 27 crore for various projects.

According to senior railway officials, the contract includes works of rebuilding the pedestrian section, demolishing the existing pedestrian section on the north side of the bridge, building a new pathway, and undertaking structural repairs for the main girders on the south side of the bridge. Work is expected to be completed in three to four months.

Crucial link

The south side carriageway of Gokhale bridge had been shut after the collapse. The north side carraigeway has been opened to two-way traffic leading snarls at both ends of the bridge. The bridge is a connector of two arterial roads — S.V. Road and Western Express Highway. The new design of the pathway will extend only 50 cm from the main bridge section and will be supported by the main girders.

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