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Business News/ News / India/  After 15-month wait, Mumbaikars can partially use Gokhale bridge in Andheri from today
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After 15-month wait, Mumbaikars can partially use Gokhale bridge in Andheri from today

Mumbai News: Gokhale Bridge in Andheri is 80 meters long and 25 meters wide and is getting a new road overbridge at the estimated cost of around ₹90 crore.

A evening view of the Gokhale Bridge in Mumbai, India, on Saturday, February 24, 2024. (HT)Premium
A evening view of the Gokhale Bridge in Mumbai, India, on Saturday, February 24, 2024. (HT)

Mumbai News: Gopal Krishna Gokhale Bridge is all set to re-open partially in Andheri on Monday, February 26. Mumbai's Guardian Minister (Suburbs) Mangal Prabhat Lodha will inaugurate the bridge today. It is expected that the bridge will be fully operational by December 2024. 

Residents have expressed some relief over the partial re-opening of the bridge that was shut for the past 15 months. 

A resident told Mid Day that it will provide some relief to motorists as the current travel is much more than usual because the commuters were compelled to use detours such as the Andheri subway. 

“The closure of Gokhale bridge led to traffic congestion at various diversions like Andheri subway and Vile Parle flyover. Now, the BMC should focus on opening the second lane of the bridge," he told the news outlet. 

Dhaval Shah, a civic activist said the closure of the Gokhale bridge has caused miserable inconvenience to residents, but now the reopening of one lane will save motorists around 45 minutes. “Particularly, it will benefit students during the ongoing exam season."

Built-in 1975, Gokhale Bridge is 80 meters long and 25 meters wide and is getting a new road overbridge at the estimated cost of around 90 crore.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) had earlier planned to open the bridge partially in February 2024, though the initial deadline for the bridge was November 2023.

The demolition of the bridge began by Western Railway in December 2022 and took four months to complete the work, with its final girder taken down in March 2023.

The under-constructing Gokhale Bridge’s girder will be 90 meters, which will be the second-largest railway bridge in the metropolitan city. Each girder of the bridge has been assembled at the worksite.

The girder will be launched at a height of 25 meters from the ground level and will be lifted by a special crane as the girder weighs around 1,300 tonnes.

The authorities shut down the bridge in November 2022, after an inspection which found that there were various elements in the bridge such as RCC columns, tie beams, girders, deck slab, and bearings that are heavily distressed because of corrosion over the years. 

The BMC declared the bridge unsafe and decided to reconstruct it. Earlier in July 2018, the pavement of the Gokhale Bridge collapsed due to heavy corrosion and overload.

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Published: 26 Feb 2024, 10:32 AM IST
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