In continuation to the efforts to provide a safe and comfortable travelling experience to the commuters, Western Railway is striving to provide additional Foot Over Bridges, Escalators as well as Lifts. These efforts will go a long way to combat the problems such as trespassing, overcrowding on bridges, etc. In this very direction, another such development is the construction of a new 10 metre wide Foot Over Bridge (South) at Grant Road station, which has been commissioned & thrown open for passengers.
According to Shri Sumit Thakur – Chief Public Relations Officer of Western Rly, the new FOB is 39 meters long and its width is 10 meters. This FOB has been constructed at an approx. cost of Rs 5.30 crore. The work of this additional FOB has been undertaken by Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation (MRVC). The work on this new FOB was completed on 22nd October, 2020. This new FOB will be of great convenience to passengers as it connects all platforms of the station as well as the east side MCGM Skywalk staircase & escalator. Initially two spans were planned, but due to space constraints, the planning was changed and then construction of single span FOB has been carried out on replacement basis.
Shri Thakur informed that Western Railway has undertaken various infrastructural works of development inspite of the nationwide lockdown and limited workforce due to COVID – 19 pandemic. Even in such challenging times, Western Railway has ensured that its developmental works are not hindered and that the works are completed within the stipulated target date. During this lockdown period, nine new Foot Over Bridges (including the current Grant Road FOB) & one new Skywalk have been commissioned.
It is worth mentioning that as per the audit report of IIT-Bombay, 16 FOBs were to be dismantled which were considered to be unsafe, and as on today 13 FOBs have been dismantled by Western Railway. The dismantling work of the remaining three FOBs, i.e, Dadar (South), Andheri (Middle – out of six spans, two east spans have been delaunched) and Goregaon (Middle) are in progress and the Target Date of Completion of these remaining FOBs to be dismantled is 31st December, 2020. Works of other FOBs, ROB repairs & installation of new escalators on different locations are also under progress. Western Railway has always given top priority when it comes to safety of passengers.