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THE FOOT OVER BRIDGES BURDEN!

Monday, March 20, 2017
By Priyanka Dhomse

Lack of space on old FOBs at Currey Road and Chinchpokli station causes inconvenience to commuters

The foot overbridges at Chinchpokli and Currey Road railway stations of Central railways are in a terrible condition. Commuters and the passersby complaint about the lack of space and bad condition of these bridges which need the immediate attention of the authorities.

Both the bridges which were built in the British era, are constructed along with the foot over bridges (FOB)attached to these railway stations. As these bridges are getting old they are showing signs of deteriorating, as the commuters from both these stations complain that the bridges shake while one is walking over them and whenever the heavy vehicles pass near these bridges.

“As it is built over the railway track, the only way to enter the station premises is through the foot over bridge, which literally shakes while we walk through it. In peak hours it becomes very difficult for us to get in the station due to the narrow space on the FOB, as it is attached to the main bridge with the vehicles passing, it creates a traffic jam leading to delay for the railway commuters who want to enter these stations,” said a commuter.

The construction of a new foot over bridge at Currey Road station has started recently. The Chinchpokli station has railway FoB, but a large number of footfalls are seen on the old FoB, the one at the entry-exit point of this station.

26-year-old Tejas Ghadigaokar, a daily commuter points to the Arthur bridge at Chinchpokli station. He says it is a bumpy ride for him while commuting on this bridge on his bike, “The bridge being very old now is in such a bad condition that one can experience how it vibrates whenever we are travelling on it.”

As per data provided by railway officials, around 4,000 passengers commute daily, while the per day earning of Chinchpokli station is Rs. 2.06 lakhs. Currey Road station sees around 5-6,000 passengers daily and records daily earning of Rs. 2.5 lakhs.

One of the activists said the old bridges on railway area (FoBs) need to be reconstructed as they have become weak and now that the population has increased, things need to be improved dramatically. “It is the constitutional duty of the government to protect the life of citizens. The authorities must do a survey and release an audit report about the condition of these bridges and must take appropriate steps to redress the issue for public satisfaction & safety,” said Samir Zaveri, a Railway activist.

When we spoke to the railway authority, an official said they have not yet received any order or information regarding the reconstructing of these bridges. “We have learnt about the inconvenience caused to the commuters due to the narrow space at both these stations FOB. As these FOBs are adjoining  the BMC bridges, it's their responsibility as far as the reconstruction of these bridges are concerned,'' said, A K Singh, public relations officer, Central Railway.

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