Structural design changes,time taken to acquire Western Railway (WR) permissions to construct over-bridges at Jogeshwari railway station and problems in relocating the over 600 project-affected persons (PAPs) have delayed the 5.25-km Jogeshwari bridge.
The project,which began in 2009,is expected to be completed only after 2016. BMC is expecting to complete phase 1 of the project,which has two segments north and south by yearend.
The delay has raised cost by over Rs 100 crore from Rs 341 crore to Rs 450 crore.
The project is expected to ease traffic congestion in Goregaon-Jogeshwari region of Western Express Highway (WEH) and SV Road.
S O Khore,chief engineer of the civic bridges department,said BMC was still relocating over 300 PAPs along the 2-km Jogeshwari (North) bridge from Mahanand Dairy on WEH in Goregaon East to Siddharth Nagar in the west.
The bridge should be completed in two years. Over 140 PAPs on either side of the north bridge need to be relocated. WR has now agreed to construct the rail over-bridge and work has begun in full swing, said Khore.
Delay in rehabilitation of 325 PAPs has slowed down construction of phase 1 (1.25 km) of the 3.25-km south bridge connecting SV Road to Jogeshwari-Vikhroli Link Road.
The delay can also be attritbuted to shortage of around 100 employees in the bridges department,which has around 60 technical and clerical staff.