The Western Railway has played to build up an ambitious project of building 75 foot-bridges (FoB) and has set an aggressive target of commissioning 50 per cent of these by March 2019, a news daily has reported.
After three major incidents—Elphinstone and Santragachi stampede along with Andheri bridge collapse, the Western Railways faced tremendous criticism for inadequate infrastructure and appalling passenger facilities. Following the incident, it conducted an audit of bridges for which IIT Bombay was roped in.
In 2017-18 Western Railways constructed 10 bridges. It will build and commission another 39 bridges by March 2019. The remaining bridge are likely to be ready by 2020.
The Railway authorities have planned 25 additional FoBs’ by 2019-20, which shall be built both at stations and locations between them where there is heavy trespassing and encroachments on track.17 Rail bridge will be constructed by Mumbai Rail Vikas Limited.
In another development Prime Minister Narendra Modi will dedicate to the nation three sewage infrastructure projects costing 425.41 crore for the city of Varanasi and lay foundation stone for another project next week on 12.11.2018.
Among the projects to be inaugurated, the first is a 140 MLD Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) at Dinapur built at a cost of Rs 235.53 Crore. The project includes 10 years Operation & Maintenance agreement.
The second project includes three sewage pumping stations at Chaukaghat (140 MLD), Phulwaria (7.6 MLD) and Saraiya (3.7 MLD). The total cost for the three pumping stations was Rs 34.01.
The third project is the construction of 28 km long relieving trunk sewer, rising mains and interceptor sewers along Varuna & Assi at a cost of Rs 155.87 Crore.
The Prime Minister will lay the foundation stone for Sewerage Management Scheme for Ramnagar at a cost of Rs 72.91 Crore. This will include a10 MLD STP and interceting and diverting 4 drains.