Mumbai : After overcoming several hurdles, the Hancock bridge which had been causing great distress to the railway officials who had to run with speed restriction of 30 kmph is all set to be demolished in November. The railways and the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation have agreed for demolition of the structure after monsoon and the demolition process is expected to go on for two months.
A senior official from BMC said, “Major hurdle obstructing the demolition process was getting all the people involved to agree to shift the utilities.”
Officials from BMC held a meeting with authorities from BEST and MTNL who were obstructing to the demolition of the bridge as there were utilities such as power cables and copper cables and BMC water supply line had to be shifted.
“We explained to them that it was extremely crucial for us to demolish the bridge or it could cause damage to life as the bridge had already surpassed it self-life. Realising gravity of the situation everyone agreed and we will be going ahead with the demolition,” added the official.
With the demolition of Hancock bridge, Central Railway officials will heave a sigh of relief as it has been one of the biggest hurdles leading to delay in train services following the conversion from DC to AC. The trains were made to move at a restricted speed of 15 kmph underneath the bridge which was causing severe delays.