Mumbai, February 27: Almost five months after the stampede at Mumbai’s Elphinstone Road station which claimed lives of 23 people, the city will get three foot-over bridges. These foot-over bridges – at Elphinstone Road, Currey Road and Ambivali – are constructed with the help of Indian Army and are “dedicated to Mumbaikars”, which will be inaugurated by the commoners in presence of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal and State Defence Minister Subhash Bhamre.
The Indian Army constructed these three FOB’s in a record time of 117 days, the Western Railway said. The Army started the construction of the Elphinstone station after a tragic stampeded at the bridge in which 23 people were killed and 30 others were injured.
“73.1 m long & 3.65 m wide Elphinstone Road station FOB connecting Parel station, which is built by @adgpi in record 117 days will be opened today. A big thanks to braveheart Indian Army!,” Indian Railways tweeted.
Here are some key facts about the three new FOB constructed in Mumbai:
- The Elphinstone FOB has been built by the Indian Army at the cost of Rs 10.44 crore.
- The FOB is 73.1 m long and 3.65 m wide and can carry eight tonnes of weight.
- This foot-over bridge will connect Parel station on the East side and Phool Wali Gali outside the Elphinstone Road station on the West Side.
- The daily footfall at the Elphinstone Road and Parel station FOB is nearly 3.5 lakh.
- The new foot-over bridge also aims to maintain a smooth flow of commuters and de-congestion during the peak hours at both Elphinstone Road and Parel stations.
- This new construction will also be of a great help to the flowers and fish vendors of nearby market during the peak hours, the Western Railways said.
- According to a report, officials from Railway Protection Force (RPF) will also be posted on the new Elphinstone foot-over bridge to manage the crowd.
- Around 1.6 lakh commuters will be highly benefited from the army foot-over bridge at Elphinstone Road as it connected the two stations of Western Railways and Central Railways, the Western Railways said in a statement.
- Apart from the Elphinstone road FOB at the Western Railways, two other FOB’s at the Central line – Ambivali near Kalyan and at Currey Road will also be thrown open to public today.
- It is noteworthy that the Western and Central Railways have picked common man – the flower vendor, the dabbawallahs and women passengers, to inaugurate the three foot-over bridges.