Mumbai: New cable-stayed bridges to replace two British-era ROBs

TWO BRITISH ERA BRIDGE ROADS (ROB) – Reay Road in Byculla and Tilak Road in Dadar – will be demolished and new three-lane cable-stayed bridges will replace them.

Maharashtra Rail Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (MRIDCL), which will carry out the construction work, launched the tendering process earlier this month. The actual reconstruction is expected to start in November.

While the MRIDCL has undertaken the execution of the reconstruction works, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will cover the construction costs.

The two ROBs – Reay Road crossing Reay Road Station connecting Byculla to Nagpada, and Tilak Nagar ROB near Dadar Station – provide crucial east-west connectivity via rail tracks.

Officials say the 385-meter Reay Road ROB and the 600-meter Tilak Nagar ROB are the busiest bridges in central Mumbai. Before starting work, the authorities will close one branch of the bridges and later start work on the second branch. The bridges will not be completely closed all at once. Once one side / arm of the new bridge is completed, the old bridge will be razed.

Officials said they are coordinating with BMC as well as traffic police to ensure smooth and trouble-free traffic for motorists.

While Rs 175 crore was approved for the Reay Road ROB, Rs 375 crore was approved for the Tilak Road Bridge.

“Tenders have been issued for the Reay Road and Tilak Road ROBs and the estimated cost for the two bridges is Rs 118.56 crore and Rs 216 crore, respectively, in the tendering process. offers. While the Reay Road Bridge completion period is 380 days, for the other it is 640 days. The bridges will be wide and the size of the spans will be modern and longer to ensure that there are fewer foundations and that underground utilities will not be disrupted, ”an official said, adding that work will begin as soon as possible. the tendering process will be launched. finished in a month.