Mumbai: After the slew of bridge collapses in the city the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has finally decided to carry out repair work of the foot over bridges (FOBs) located at Western Express and Eastern Express highways (WEH and EEH). A tender has been floated on Thursday calling for interested contractors and companies to undertake the work at an estimated cost of one crore rupees.
According to MMRDA on WEH the FOBs starting from Sion to Golden Dyes Junction, comprising of a stretch of 216 kilometres will be undertaken at a cost of Rs 87.38 lakh. Similarly, the FOBs starting from Mahim to AKLR Junction on the EEH, repair work will be conducted at a cost of Rs 12.35 lakh. The interested companies and contractors have been asked to send in their submissions from July 1 till July 3.
Interestingly, the MMRDA has, as a preventive measure announced the removal of roofs from the existing FOBs in a bid to reduce the load on these structures and thereby enhance their life. Moreover, MMRDA also plans to make the highways signal free. An official said, "Expressions of interest has already been forthcoming from interested parties to make WEH and EEH signal-free, considering the rising traffic chaos. Along with it the company has also to undertake the beautification and maintenance of these highways."