June 7, 2016 3:03:22 am
The Bombay High Court on Monday directed the railways to inform them when it plans to complete the construction of a temporary foot overbridge near the site of the demolished Hancock Bridge near Sandhurst Road.
A bench of Justice S S Kemkar and Justice M S Karnik has also asked the railways to consider “consulting the Indian Army” considering its expertise, to come up with an effective and time-bound plan for constructing such bridges.
The court was hearing a public interest litigation filed by city resident Kamlakar Shenoy highlighting the increase in the number of accidents and deaths on tracks since the demolition of the Hancock Bridge in January, forcing pedestrians to cross over the tracks.
The bench has now given railways time till June 14 to come up with an outer limit for the construction of the alternate foot overbridge with BMC agreeing to pay the cost of constructing the bridge.
The Hancock Bridge used to link Mazgaon with Sandhurst Road. However, it was razed to make way for the conversion of railway tracks in the area from direct current to alternating current. The railways and the BMC made no other arrangement for traffic and pedestrians.
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