In order to decongest the existing foot overbridges (FOB) at Andheri railway station, the Western Railway (WR) will build three new FOBs. Currently, the Andheri railway station has three FOBs, which connects to all platforms.
According to the Hindu, the WR will build a FOB connecting platform 8 and 9. These platforms currently have two FOBs, both towards the northern half of the platforms, and also have very narrow staircases, which often lead to overcrowding. Platform 8 and 9 serves long-distance passenger trains and Andheri-Virar locals. The new bridge will have exits on east and west. The new bridge can also be used to reach platform 6 and 7. The new FOB will of 81 metres and will cross all tracks. The new bridge will cost around Rs 9.44 crore.
CPRO Ravinder Bhakar told the leading daily, “The FOB, which is being constructed, will provide relief to commuters and ease the rush on the two platforms and provide a vital east-west connectivity. We plan to complete the bridge by mid of next year.”
This is not it. There are other two FOBs which are being built by Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation (MRVC), out of which one is 10-metre wide. The other one is being built towards the northern end of platform 8 and 9 as part for the mid-section trespass project. Sanjay Singh, spokesperson, MRVC told the leading daily, “We aim to complete the middle FOB by December 2019. While the tender for the FOB on platform 8 and 9 has just been awarded, we will try to complete them by 2019.”