Scant funds, BMC stops further work of Bandra Skywalk

by Web Desk | Published: 17 Jul 2021

Mumbai: Scant funds, BMC stops further work of Bandra East Skywalk
On January 20, 2020, the Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute gave a structural audit report of different bridges, which also includes the skywalk. The report said that a lot of work needs to be done on the bridge. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation then came up with the decision to rebuild a part of the skywalk, which was earlier built-in 2008 by MMRDA.
It was earlier stated by P Velarasu, the Additional Commissioner of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, that the repairing work that has to be done would cost around Rs 7 crore, and still, the life of the skywalk will not increase. And on the other hand, rebuilding one route will cost up to Rs 15 crore and will give a life of at least 40 years. The Brihanmumbai Municipal
Corporation(BMC) believes that it should only build one route, as reconstructing the whole skywalk would cost Rs 50 crore. The route which the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has chosen is the Bandra Court rather than the Kalanagar because the Bandra Court route has the highest footfall. “As the situation changed and there was lockdown all over so the priorities had to be changed, projects which didn’t need any immediate work were put on hold and the projects which needed to be done urgently were on focus”, stated a civic official.
“Do we need tenders or not this needs to be decided soon and soon the decision will be made?” said Satish Thosar, Chief In-Charge of the BMC’s Bridges Department. The first skywalk in Mumbai was closed in 2019 when it was declared to be unsafe for pedestrians and would not be resumed in the near time. Then the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) decided to once again build the Bandra East skywalk last year, but till now the work has not been done, citing financial constraints.