After DNA reported on November 29 how railway officials were left red-faced during an inspection by Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal at Currey Road station when they realised that a quadrangular seating arrangement barely three to four feet away from the landing of a new footoverbridge (FOB) obstructs the free movement of commuters, the Central Railway (CR) authorities demolished it on Wednesday. This is the same FOB that the Bombay Engineers Group of the Indian Army is constructing at the station.
On November 28, Goyal visited the Elphinstone Road, Currey Road and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) railway stations for inspection.
This FOB has been in the news as the Indian Railways, Army and BMC are struggling to acquire 180 sq metres of land for its construction at Currey Road station. The government authorities are ready to pay the cost of the land which is Rs 5 crore.
At present, the FOB is almost a century old. The second FOB, towards the station’s southern end, is partially built by the railway authorities and the rest would be completed by the Army. Over the past few months, the CR authorities began constructing the second FOB at Currey Road station. In the past few weeks they built the staircases on both sides of the platform.
The work on the elevated portion of the FOB that extends on the east till the platform too has been started. They painted this structure in silver, but put granite tiles on the stairs just a couple of days before Goyal was to visit the station. There are two landings — one towards Dadar and the other
towards CSMT — where the seating arrangement existed.
FOB AT CURREY RD
It is the one that the Bombay Engineers Group of the Indian Army is constructing.
It has been in the news as the authorities are struggling to acquire land for it.