As per the directives of Hon’ble Minister of Railways, Piyush Goyal, a high level meeting was held at BMC office on 5th July, 2018. The meeting was attended by Municipal Commissioner of Mumbai – Ajoy Mehta, General Manager – Western Railway, A.K. Gupta, General Manager – Central Railway, D.K. Sharma and Engineering Heads of Railways & MCGM.
It was decided in the meeting to form 12 joint teams of MCGM, Railway & IIT experts. These teams will start a detailed audit of all the structures such as ROB, FOB, pipeline etc. passing over the railway tracks. This joint assessment will begin from tomorrow. There are 445 such structures identified in Mumbai Suburban area and it was decided to complete the audit of all such structures which are crossing the tracks within 3-4 months. It was also decided to take up the repair or reconstruction as need be, of the stressed bridges on priority without procedural delays. The assessment of the oldest bridges will be given priority. It was emphasized that coordination between various agencies will be ensured for early completion of work.
It was further decided to hold monthly coordination meeting with MCGM, Western Railway & Central Railway which will be attended by Chief Bridge Engineers & ADRM (Infrastructure) from the Railways and Engineering officials from MCGM. During these meetings all pending issues regarding design, drawings, approvals, land issues etc. will be taken up and optimum efforts will be put in, to resolve the same. Also to further intensify and ensure that there is no scope for delay in carrying out repair works, it was suggested that the possibility may be explored for creating of corpus fund of appropriate amount. This would ensure that sufficient funds are always available for carrying out the urgent repair works without any delays. The bridges which have already been identified for immediate repair/ reconstruction, work on the same should be taken on top priority without further delay and not having to wait for outcome of the inspection. It was requested that during the joint inspection all such cantilever type bridges also needs to be identified, where the traffic is needed to be regulated to prevent any threat to the bridge structure.
The Railway officials also requested MCGM that a drive be carried out for removal of encroachments over the pedestrian pathways on bridges. Such encroachment causes corrosion to the structure, thereby weakening the bridges. During the course of the meeting it was highlighted that all measures would be taken to ensure the sturdiness of all structures such as bridges and no stone will be left unturned to provide Mumbaikars a safe and comfortable commute.