After the tragic stampede on 29th September 2017 that took away lives of 23 people and injured over 30, Elphinstone gets a new foot-over bridge today. The inauguration of the bridge was done by commoners in presence of Rail Minister Piyush Goyal, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, and State Defence Minister Subhash Bhamre. Along with the Elphinstone foot-over bridge, Army’s Bombay Sappers has built two more bridges, one at Curry road and another at Ambivali. Thanking the Indian Army, Western Railway tweeted that, all these bridges were built in a record time of 117 days and will be opened today.
Here are facts about the new Elphinstone Road foot-over bridge in Mumbai:
1) The Elphinstone Road railway station bridge has been built at a cost of approximately Rs.10.44 Crore by the Indian Army.
2) The foot-over bridge is 73.1 m long and 3.65 m wide and can carry eight tonnes (26000 kgs.) of weight.
3) The Elphinstone road bridge bridges the gap between the Phool Wali Galli on the West side and Parel station on the East side.
4) The bridge has been constructed to help in hassle-free platform interchange. Along with this, additional entry and exit gates have also been built.
5) The newly constructed foot-over bridge aims decongestion and smooth flow during the peak hours at both Elphinstone Road station and Parel station.
6) Every day nearly 3.5 Lakhs of Mumbaikars make use of the Elphinstone Road and Parel station foot-over bridges.
7) To manage the crowd, Railway Protection Force (RPF) personnel will also be posted on the new Elphinstone foot-over bridge.
8) It will also help be beneficial to the flower and fish vendors of the nearby market during the peak hours as per the tweet by the Western Railway.
9) The Elphinstone Bridge Mumbai will highly benefit nearly 1.6 lakhs of commuters as it connects the two stations of Western and Central Railways.
10) The interesting part of the Elphinstone Bridge and other two foot-over bridges is that the Western and Central Railways chose commoners such as a flower vendor, the dabbawallas and women passengers, to inaugurate the bridges.