Nine months on, Central Railway yet to complete audit of 23 FoBs and RoBs

Nine months after Union railway minister Piyush Goyal announced a structural audit of 445 structures on Mumbai’s suburban network, to be carried out by the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay, the Central Railway (CR) is yet to complete audit of 23 of the 299 structures in its purview. The audit was announced following the Andheri bridge collapse in July 2018.

The Western Railway (WR) has completed the audit of all its 146 structures.

Since September 2017, a total of 31 people have lost their lives in three separate bridge-related mishaps in the city.

According to a press release by CR on Friday, IIT-B has inspected 81 of the 89 rail overbridges (RoB), 178 of the 191 foot overbridges (FoB) and 17 of the other 19 structures in the railways’ purview.

“The remaining 23 structures will be inspected soon. Follow-up action suggested in case of a few structures is being taken in a phased manner,” reads the statement. CR, however, did not give any deadline about when the repair of all the structures will be completed.

According to a senior CR official, of the 178 FoBs audited, immediate attention was necessary for 32 structures. For instance, Mumbra FoB was demolished and the repair work on Sewri FoB is on. The zonal railway came under fire from political parties and citizens following the CSMT bridge collapse on Thursday after certain political leaders claimed that CR owns the bridge. CR has clarified that they had not constructed the Himalaya bridge.

However, CR has still been facing flak over its crumbling infrastructure.

Meanwhile, WR claimed that IIT-B recommended major repairs for 10 of the 29 RoBs, nine of the 117 FoBs, apart from the demolition of Delisle bridge and eight FoBs in its purview.

They have already demolished the Delisle bridge and are razing the FoBs in a phased manner, which will be complete by the year-end. WR said they have completed repair works on five RoBs. Repair works for FoBs in Kalanagar, Andheri, Dharavi, Malad and Vasai Road are underway and expected to complete by July-end.

“As far as the IIT-B report is concerned, we are very much on track. Repair works of the structures is on and demolition works will be complete by the year-end,” said Ravinder Bhakar, chief public relations officer of WR.

First Published:
Mar 16, 2019 03:51 IST

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