More than a year after formally securing the Western Railways cooperation to take the Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar Metro across the railway tracks at Andheri,the citys development authority is yet to get complete access to construct the bridge.
The Western Railway needs to dismantle an old foot overbridge,which is obstructing the construction of the 183-metre Metro bridge. The old overbridge will be replaced by a new one a few feet away.
Although the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) had made a payment of around Rs 3.5 crore to the Western Railway nearly one and a half years ago for the task,the latter is yet to demolish the old bridge.
We had anticipated the foot overbridge to come in the way of the planned alignment of the Metro and had ensured that we released the payment much before time so that the work is done by the time we get to that stretch, a senior MMRDA official said.
Meanwhile,the Metro bridge is in advanced stages of completion on one side of the foot overbridge and is very close to the old structure.
The MMRDA commissioner recently had a meeting with the general manager of Western Railway regarding the same as the Metro bridge has come very close to the foot overbridge, the official said.
A Western Railway spokesperson said work on the new foot overbridge is already under progress and it is proposed to close the old overbridge by next month. However,he did not mention when the overbridge is scheduled to be dismantled.
The MMRDA plans to complete the construction of the 11-km-long Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar Metro corridor by March 2013.
The Western Railway recently started giving traffic blocks for the construction of the Metro bridge over the tracks though a formal approval for the bridge was obtained from the railway body last March.
The approval came about after a wait of nearly 15 months,during which the blueprint went back and forth between the two agencies and there were several rounds of designing.