The Indian army on Saturday gave out the reasons for delay of coming up of the Elphinstone bridge the are making. It listed lack of permission, issues related to blocks and block timings as some of the prominent ones.
Due to lack of permissions, the earlier deadline of January 31 for the Elphinstone bridge has been pushed to February 15. “The initial challenge faced during the construction of the bridges was the communication between railways and the army. It took some time to figure out where to figure out logistics of storing and bringing materials. Also how we could make a military bridge more public friendly,” Brigadier, Dhiraj Mohan of the Bombay Sappers at a press conference on Saturday.
BombaySappers, a wing of the Indian Army Corps of Engineers (IACOE) who are constructing Foot Over Bridges (FOB) at Elphinstone road, Currey Road and Ambivli railway station on Saturday launched the bridge of the FOB at Elphinstone Road station. The Bailey bridges which are being used for the FOB at the three stations have been brought from Doklam, the Indo-China Border. The bridges arrived by train to the city on January 6.
The railways have maintained that they are simply giving permissions to the army and are not interfering with their work. Sources in western railway said that the work has also affected the sixth line on Mumbai Central-Borivali. Moreover there were issues while giving blocks as railways felt that work during weekdays during day time would severely affect the train services.