Staying bridges in Mumbai to go 'topless' for safety

MUMBAI: Ceilings Will Withdraw From Bridges Over 21 Feet (FOB) On The Two National Roads That Cross Mumbai For Public Safety, A Civic Agency Official Told Tuesday.

The Commissioner Of The Development Authority Of The Metropolitan Region Of Mumbai (RA) Rajeev Said That After Removing The Roofs, All 21 FOB Will Be Strengthened And Beautified To Improve The Local Environment.

" The Roofs Of The FOB Are Very Deteriorated And Also Weaken The Structure Due To Its Weight, Nor Will There Be Advertising Panels In The FOB.This Will Lighten The Load And These FOB Will Serve The Pedestrians For Longer, Said About The Justification Of The Decision .

For Aesthetic Values, All FOB Will Be Painted In A Uniform White And Gray, And The Entire Program Is Expected To Be Completed In The Next Four Months.

The Decision Was Produced Following Several Bridges Collapse/FOB Incidents In Mumbai, Including The Most Recent March 14, When A FOB Crashed In Front Of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminal, Killing At Least Five People.

As A Precautionary Measure, Rajeev Said That MMRDA Is Already Undertaking A Structural Audit Of Eight FOBs On Western Express Highway (WEH) And 13 On Eastern Express Highway (EEH) Through The Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute (VJTI).

The MMRDA Has Also Ordered The Rapid Provision Of Several Signals Installed On The Two Roads And The Examination Of The Structural Stability Of The Signaling Gantries.

In The EEH, The FOB Are In Vikhroli (4), Thane (2), Ghatkopar (2) And One In Kurla, Chembur, Kanjurmarg, Bhandup And Mulund, While In The WEH, The FOB Are Dahisar And Borivali Each) , And One In Kandivali, Malad, Goregaon And Jogeshwari.

On Possible Protests By People, Since These FOBs Provide Refuge During Both Rains And Burning Sun, Official Sources Say" Small Comforts Should Be Committed For Greater Public Safety, Since FOB's Are Known By Overcrowding, Especially In Monsoons;

Rajeev Assured That The MMRDA Will Carry Out The Beautification Of The Means And The Spaces Underneath The Numerous Overflights On The Two Roads To" Bring A Happy And Happy Change" . To The Transport Infrastructure For The Other Monotone.