Pedes­trian bridge at Be­la­pur gets NMMC ap­proval

THER BRIDGE WILL BE 82 ME­TRES LONG AND 4 ME­TERS WIDE. THE PROJECT WILL COST AROUND RS4 CRORE

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan pranab.bhuyan@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NAVI MUM­BAI: Ad­dress­ing the long-stand­ing is­sue of IT Colony res­i­dents cross­ing the tracks to reach Be­la­pur vil­lage, the gen­eral body of Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (NMMC) ap­proved the con­struc­tion of a foot-over bridge (FoB), on Wed­nes­day.

The bridge across the rail­way tracks is meant to im­prove con­nec­tiv­ity be­tween the two in Be­la­pur. It will be 82 me­tres long and 4 me­ters wide and the project will cost around Rs4 crore.

In the ab­sence of a bridge, the res­i­dents of those ar­eas now cross the rail­way tracks to reach the other side of the town. Many peo­ple have died while cross­ing the tracks.

“IT Colony does not have a hospi­tal, school or mar­ket in the area. They have to cross the tracks to reach Be­la­pur vil­lage on a reg­u­lar ba­sis. An FoB will ease out their lives and en­sure their safety. We have been fol­low­ing this is­sue for sev­eral years now. It has fi­nally been ap­proved by the gen­eral body on Wed­nes­day,” said cor­po­ra­tor Saroj Patil.

The civic au­thor­i­ties will now hand over the de­sign for the FoB to the rail­way de­part­ment. “The rail­way de­part­ment has pol­icy of un­der­tak­ing such works af­ter get­ting a de­posit from the lo­cal bod­ies. NMMC is ready to bear the ex­pen­di­ture of the bridge,” Patil said.

“There are no foot over­bridges or sub­ways at many places along the har­bour line and trans-har­bour line in Navi Mum­bai,” said Sne­hal Mha­tre, 37, a res­i­dent of Be­la­pur.

“If peo­ple stick to the norms of not cross­ing the tracks, they have no op­tion but to travel two to three kilo­me­ters to reach the other side of the town, in­stead of just a five- minute walk. Be­la­pur is also a one such place. The NMMC has taken a muchre­quired step for the con­ve­nience of res­i­dents by ap­prov­ing this bridge,” he added.

BACHCHAN KUMAR

The spot at Be­la­pur vil­lage where res­i­dents cross tracks ev­ery day.

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