Mumbai: Western Railway replaces corroded girders of railway bridge over Mithi river during closure

MUMBAI: (WR) has launched a bridge in the fast corridor to Virar over the Mithi river between Bandra and Mahim during the closure period, ensuring social distancing.

The bridge, whose work was pending for almost three years, is a steel girder bridge that has six sections of 9.15 m and seven crossbeams of 5.8 m in length.

The WR public relations chief said: Due to the highly corrosive environment of Mumbai being a coastal city, the steel members of the bridge corroded and required urgent replacement.

This work required the complete closure of traffic for 8 hours on three consecutive days, which would have resulted in the cancellation of at least 250 suburban services and the cancellation and delay of at least 60 passenger trains in the WR suburban section.

As the trains are not running due to the blockage, WR decided to start the work now.

He further said that the Mumbai division considered using the blockade period to carry out this job of policing in compliance with the rules of social distancing.

Two 200 MT capacity cranes, 8 us, 20 us Hydra and 18 us JCB, were deployed for this job, apart from 40 track maintainers and contract labor on each shift and a dedicated team of Pway supervisors and officers.

He said: Everything was completed on April 29 and the machinery stabilized at the planned location.

On April 30, work began at 9 a.m. and ended at 8 p.m. The track was certified for train movement at 11:30 p.m.

Bhakar said: Due to meticulous planning, this reconditioning work, which was pending for the past 3 years, was completed during the closure.