The existing skywalk connecting Bandra Station, Bandra Court, and BKC will be demolished and rebuilt by BMC

by Web Desk | Published: 10 Jan 2022

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) plans to remove and rebuild the present skywalk outside Bandra station, which connects to Bandra court and Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC). The BMC administration will propose a proposal of Rs.18.69 crores before the standing committee meeting. The Skywalk, according to the proposal, was erected by MMRDA in 2007-08 and then handed over to BMC for maintenance. Because the flyover was made of steel, it deteriorated due to pollutants and high gusts from the stream. A part of the Bandra East skywalk collapsed during the 2019 monsoon season, injuring a woman. Following the event, numerous skywalks were subjected to an evaluation of their stability. BMC proposed removing a portion of the skywalk to make it more structurally solid, however, due to the lockout, the concept was shelved. Since 2019, the skywalk has been closed to the general public.

 

BMC recruited M/S Construma consultancy private limited as a technical consultant, and the firm was entrusted with generating a flyover draught, outline, planning, and budget. Tenders were released once the estimated cost of Rs.16.20 crores were determined. Eight companies have expressed interest in the offer. For example, M/s N A Construction Private Limited is willing to work for 2.49 crores less than the estimated price. As a result, BMC has prioritised this company. The BMC has directed the company to hold a security deposit of 1% of the total cost. The building firm will have 18 months to finish the job.

 

"The VJTI and other specialists provided us with a report on the skywalk. After considering all of our choices, we've decided to demolish and rebuild the skywalk." The Chief Engineer of the Bridges Department, Satish Thosar, commented. "On the west side, a segment of the skywalk goes alongside Bandra station. MMRDA is in charge of the part of the project. As a result, BMC will only remove the eastern section of the skywalk "He went on to say the following.

 

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