22-06-2017 05:30 AM | MIND Correspondent | My Indian Dream
With increasing congestion in the city and to reduce the traffic woes, this railway overbridge will help to reduce traffic.
If all goes well then Mumbai city will soon get its first cable-stayed rail overbridge (ROB) at Mahalaxmi. Starting from the lane parallel to New Shirin Talkies at Jacob Circle to Dr. E Moses Road near the racecourse, the work on this bridge will start soon. Once the railway officials give clearance to the project the work will start and the total cost for this is estimated Rs 80-90 crore. Such bridges are the need of the time as most of the places in the city are congested and due to many residential complexes coming up in the city it has seen traffic increase in many stretches.
As per a report published in The Times of India, a senior civic official said, “The Mahalaxmi ROB, which was constructed in 1920, has become overcrowded over time. Another bridge on this stretch is therefore critical. We plan to expand the DP (development plan) road beside New Shirin Talkies. The proposed structure would then go over the railway line and touch down at Dr. E Moses Road near the Mahalaxmi racecourse. As we cannot make use of any pillars, given that it is proposed over a railway line, we plan to construct a cable-stayed bridge.”
A cable-stayed bridge has one or more towers and cables support the bridge deck. A distinctive feature is the cables which run directly from the tower to the deck, normally forming a fan-like pattern or a series of parallel lines. The civic officials are planning this new technique as an alternative which could be used in case they plan to reconstruct the Mahalaxmi ROB in future. Official further informed, “The Mahalaxmi ROB is almost 100 years old now and may, therefore, require reconstruction in future. Therefore, we are even looking at this as an alternative.”
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