The Bombay High Court on Wednesday directed the central government to expedite the process of providing technical assistance to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation for construction of a temporary foot over-bridge in place of the now-demolished Hancock Bridge across the railway tracks near Sandhurst Road station.
These directions came after the BMC was asked to seek the help and expertise of the marmy “by way of last resort” for construction of the temporary structure.
Additional Solicitor General Anil Singh appearing for the Union of India on Wednesday informed the court that the army headquarters in Mumbai did not have a facility for construction of such a structure and the central government had now been approached in this regard.
“The central government has been approached for sanction and approval for this purpose. We can only proceed further thereafter,” said Singh.
“Permission has been sought from the central government for providing assistance to the corporation for construction of a temporary bridge. We direct the central government to expedite the matter,” said Justice Kanade.
The BMC told the court that tenders had been floated for construction of the permanent bridge also.
The High Court was hearing a PIL filed by a city resident highlighting the rise in instances of deaths of pedestrians and rail passengers who are forced to walk across the railway tracks at Sandhurst Road station in the absence of an alternate bridge.
The advocate appearing for railways, Suresh Kumar, meanwhile, said the railway tracks have been barricaded on both sides in the vicinity of the Hancock Bridge site, due to which incidents of deaths at the location have stopped.
“Issues of death of children due to crossing of the railway tracks in this case have been highlighted. To prevent such incidents, it should be ensured that boundary walls are constructed on both the sides of all stations in the city,” said the court.
The matter has been posted for after four weeks.