“Inexplicable delay” in Delisle bridge works, says Aaditya Thackeray; this is how the railway authorities are reacting

Yet another blame game from the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and the railways failed to deliver any constructive solution to the ongoing works on the Delisle Bridge in Mumbai.

This development came to light on Sunday, April 10, when Maharashtra’s Environment and Tourism Minister Aaditya Thackeray visited to survey the construction site.

Taking to Twitter, he said there had been an ‘inexplicable delay’ in launching the girders and completing other work by a year despite a letter to the railways minister for intervention.

“While several examinations have taken place, all obstacles have been removed, the work of launching the beam by the railways has been delayed for more than a year, without any explanation either to BMC or to the citizens. I had previously written to the Minister of the Union, Railways for his intervention… Only after the works of the railways, the BMC can start ramp works.While one side of the Delisle road bridge can be completed by the civic body he is waiting for a NOC from the railways so that at least there is some traffic relief at one end of the bridge where the work was completed by the BMC,” Thackeray shared.

Responding to the same, Western Railways (WR) officials said the rail portion of the ROB was delayed during both waves of COVID-19 due to labor issues and also unavailability of oxygen, which is needed for welding and other construction activities.

Two beams remain to be installed, after which the access roads on both sides will be constructed by the BMC, WR chief spokesman Sumit Thakur told TOI.

He further said that the first beam will be installed in May and the second in August this year. The ROB could be open to the public tentatively by the end of the year or early next year.

The Delisle Bridge was closed after IIT-Bombay said it was corroded. Three years ago, IIT-B inspected the structure following the collapse of the Gokhale Bridge in Andheri.

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