The vehicle, introduced on the Republic Day, will help the RPF in keeping an eye on every nook and corner of the railway stations, specially on long platforms, Western Railway's Chief PRO Ravinder Bhakar said on Monday.
The WR will keep six pillars between the rail tracks and use these to provide temporary support to a new bridge. The WR has set a target of 10 months to construct the new stainless steel bridge at the same location.
Following the death of over 20 people in a stampede at Prabhadevi station (then Elphinstone Road) on WR in September last year, officials had said several new foot overbridges would be constructed along the suburban railway network.
After two persons died in the Gokhale bridge collapse on July 3, Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal directed the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, to conduct a technical audit of bridges and submit a report within six months.
Introduced on December 25, 2017, the single AC local train makes 12 fast trips a day between Churchgate and Virar stations. Till July, it had recorded a total ridership of 22.4 lakh commuters, carrying an average 1,500 commuters daily.
A section of the Delisle road overbridge (ROB) in Lower Parel, which was shut on Tuesday for around two years to carry out repairs, is set to be reopened for pedestrians following an inspection on July 27.
According to sources, a team from IIT-Mumbai, the BMC and railways inspected the Gokhale bridge on Friday to ascertain the cause of the collapse. Railway officials stated that professors from the technology institute had confirmed that the girders of the bridge were not weak.