A six-metre wide foot overbridge (FOB) has been completed and is now ready to use at the Kasara station under the Central Railway (CR). The work was undertaken by Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation (MRVC).
The FOB is 239 metre long, connecting all four platforms between east and west sides. According to sources, the FOB’s east and west connectivity will open soon. Currently, it is being used by passengers for changing platforms.
Meanwhile, work on 10 more FOBs is in full swing and will be ready by October 2023. They are at Dadar, Vadala, Vitthalwadi, Mumbai Central, Badlapur, Neral, Ghatkopar, Govandi and Ulhasnagar.
An MRVC official said, “In our mission of providing better amenities and infrastructure, we have built a number of FOBs for better crowd dispersal and trespass control in Mumbai’s suburban section; several more will be built for Central and Western Railway’s suburban network in 2023.”
Asked about the cost of these FOBs, the official said that they are planned under different projects and it’s tough to give the exact details. For instance, the cost of FOBs at Ghatkopar and Badlapur is included in the station improvement projects. Currently, the suburban section of the CR has 181 FOBs and the Western Railway has 145.
A joint venture of the Railway Ministry and the State Government, MRVC was instituted in 1999 for the improvement of the suburban railway network in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR).
It has already completed the construction work of 78 FOBs in the suburban railway network of MMR to date. Of these, eight were completed in 2022, and one each at Charni Road, Vile Parle, Dadar, Nallasopara, Badlapur and Koper. Besides, one was built between Vashi and Sanpada and another between Nerul and Seawoods stations to control trespass.
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