The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) achieved the feat of constructing an east-west-connecting road bridge over the Mithi River in a record period of five months despite its ongoing battle against deadly coronavirus pandemic. The bridge has now been opened for traffic, BMC officials said on Thursday.
The bridge connects the Filterpada area of the eastern suburbs with Aarey Colony, Goregaon in the western suburbs, making it a vital east-west link for the road traffic in both directions.
"The old and dilapidated bridge, built-in 1940, was declared dangerous and was shut for the traffic movement. We then pulled it down in December 2020 to make way for new and wider bridge," BMC Additional Municipal Commissioner P Velrasu said.
Thereafter, the civic bridges department rebuilt the new bridge at the same location using the latest technology and construction techniques in just five months, Velrasu informed.
"During the construction of the bridge, many officials and workers contracted coronavirus, however, this did not hamper the construction work and despite facing such hurdles the bridge was ready within five months," added Velrasu.
The newly built bridge is 34 metre long, 24 metres wide and 7 metres high. The new bridge incorporates a 1.20-metre wide footpath on both sides, 2 metres kept aside for water lines or other utilities and a protective wall on two sides to escape the fury of the Mithi River which regularly floods during monsoon.
In comparison to the new bridge, the old bridge was much smaller and narrower, measuring 20 metres long, 7 metres wide and 6 metres high on that particular stretch of Mithi River, which is Mumbai's only freshwater river originating from the Sanjay Gandhi National Park - as it passes near Powai to the south and finally merges with the Bandra Creek.