BMC says WR will complete dismantling work soon after which construction work will begin
Western Railway is dismantling a portion of the Gokhale Road bridge. File Pic/Nimesh Dave
The civic body will begin constructing the new Gokhale Road bridge by mid-February, after Western Railway (WR) will hand over the portion above the tracks in Andheri, said officials. WR is dismantling the girder and the pillar of the old bridge, which are on the property of the railways, a BMC official said.
“After the completion of the railway’s work, our work will begin. Initially, the support pillars for the girder will be constructed. The construction of the pillars on both sides will be completed in a month. Until then, the fabrication of the girder will be complete,” the official added.
The BMC has planned to rebuild a four-lane bridge in two phases. “Our priority is to complete the first phase before the monsoon and open two lanes to traffic. We estimate to complete the second phase by September 2023,” another official said.
“The work on the construction of the approach road started in 2020 and it’s in the final stages. The BMC will spend Rs 80 crore on the project,” the official added. The BMC shut down the crucial Andheri east-west connector on November 7 after one slope on the east side was found to be dilapidated.