BMC, CR officials dismantle Hancock bridge near Sandhurst Road

The Hancock bridge near Sandhurst Road received its first debilitating blow just past midnight yesterday when civic staffers and Central Railway officials began an 18-hour process of dismantling it.

Also read: Mumbai locals, Express train services to be hit as CR plans to dismantle Hancock bridge

Hancock bridge
Pic/Bipin Kokate

Built in 1879 and rebuilt in 1923, it belongs to the era of Blackstone bridges in Mumbai. CR is keen to preserve a slice of this heritage, though, and is making attempts to find and preserve a plaque that carries details of its installation all those many years ago.

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The original stone bridge, 45-meter long, saw little traffic earlier because few trains ran to Tanna (now Thane). The dismantling, said officials, will continue till 6.20 pm on Sunday evening.  

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