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Bandra FOB to reopen today

MUMBAI: The foot overbridge (FOB) at the Bandra station that was destroyed in a fire at Garib Nagar slum in March, will be re-opened on Friday.

The 4.8-m-wide FOB connecting the eastern side of the Bandra skywalk to the western arm was partially gutted on the night of March 4.

Around 5 metre of the FOB, had caved in as the steel columns buckled in the flames.

"We have been able to rebuild the damaged portion and it took us Rs 2 crore," said Sharat Chandrayan, chief public relations officer, Western Railway. "We are reopening the FOB before the original deadline. We have rebuilt the bridge with less steel." The planning for reconstructing the foot oberbridge started on the very day of the fire when WR general manager Kul Bhusan visited the site. He had immediately drawn up the plans to repair the bridge.

According to initial estimates, railway had planned to complete the work by mid-June and at cost of Rs 3 crore. However, they have been able to save both time and money due to speedy completion of work.

Soon after the fire was brought under control, the railway official assessed that around 80 metre of the 190 metre FOB was damaged. The skywalk, connecting the FOB, was also destroyed in the massive fire that broke out in Garib Nagar, which is a stone's throw away from the east side of the Bandra station.

Chandrayan said, "In the absence of middle FOB, commuters had to use the northern entrance to access the middle FOB for now He further said, "The opening of the FOB will facilitate smoother and faster movement of commuters. It is an important exit and entry point as the FOB is connected to sky-walk on both, east and west side of the railway station."

He said, "The affected portion of this Foot Over Bridge was constructed on Girder and N-Trass Technology but now it has been made totally on Girders with lesser iron fittings."

Source - Times of India

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