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Metro Bridge Over Andheri Rly Tracks

Metro AndheriThe ninth of March of 2011 will go down in the annals of metro history as a "red letter day" as Both the railway authorities and the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) signed an agreement for the construction of a bridge across Andheri railway tracks.

Permission for the Rs 35-crore, 180-metre-long steel bridge was the last major hurdle in the path of the Mumbai metro's first line from Versova -Andheri-Ghatkopar.

The railway authorities had declined to give permission and asked for a change in the bridge's plan as well as many details regarding safety requirements for the project. Additional metropolitan commissioner S Srinivas, who holds charge of the MMRDA, said the agreement was possible due to the efforts of the general manager, Central and Western Railways, Kul Bhushan and chief bridge engineer S N Singh.

Metro Station AndheriThe metro rail is being built by Mumbai Metro One, a special purpose vehicle jointly owned by Reliance Infra, MMRDA and French multinational firm Veolia. Officials at Mumbai Metro one, the company that is constructing the rail, had expressed exasperation at the stringent rules insisted on by the railways but were glad that an agreement had come through.

The chief of transport and communication for MMRDA, PRK Murthy said the railways by a separate letter have also made available, in all, 142 traffic and power blocks for the construction of the steel bridge ranging from a minimum of one hour fifty five minutes to a maximum of four hours so that work can progress. The blocks are spread out from midnight till early morning when railway traffic is minimal.

MMRDA officials said that the agreement details various checks on safety and security of workmen on the site and the provision of safety gear for all working on site. All important work like excavation, concrete casting and launching of precast girders across railway tracks will have to be carried out in the presence of railway supervisory personnel.

Source: 9th March 2011, TOI


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