Mumbai, 15th September 2022: The Byculla flyover built in 1922 between Byculla and Sandhurst Road railway stations will be demolished and replaced with a cable-stayed bridge. Maharashtra Rail Infrastructure Development Corporation (MRIDC) has started the construction work of erecting pillars for this bridge and MRIDC intends to complete the construction of this bridge in 350 days.
A few years ago, after the accident at the Gokhale flyover near Andheri station, all the bridges crossing the railway line were structurally inspected by IIT, Mumbai. After the structural inspection, experts from IIT, Mumbai suggested structural repair of some bridges and reconstruction of some flyovers. Accordingly, it was decided to reconstruct 11 bridges. MRIDC is seeking the help of the Mumbai Municipal Corporation for the reconstruction of bridges. Dadar’s Tilak bridge, Ray Road flyover, Byculla-Sandhurst Road Station Flyover, etc. will be reconstructed.
A cable-stayed bridge will be constructed on the lines of Bandra Sagari Setu. No additional space will be required for the construction of this bridge. The bridge will be constructed on minimum pillars. The new cable-stayed bridge will be constructed at the site of the existing bridge, as informed by ‘MRIDC’. The old bridge will be demolished only after the construction of the first cable-stayed bridge. There will be no impact on traffic.
The work of the flyover in the Byculla Railway area has been taken up. Byculla flyover was built in 1922. Although the work of the Byculla Cable Stayed Bridge has started, some permissions from the Mumbai Municipal Corporation and the Railways are yet to be obtained. Pillars are currently being erected for this bridge. The new bridge will have eight lanes.