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When will Sandhurst Road FOB be completed: HC to BMC, railways

The Bombay High Court sought to know from the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and railway authorities how much time it will take to construct a foot bridgeover (FoB) on Sandhurst Road in south Mumbai to prevent train tragedies.

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A division bench of Justices Shantanu Kemkar and M S Karnik directed the civic body and Central Railway (CR) to inform it by June 14 as to when it will complete construction of the new FoB which will be used by people to cross the railway tracks.

After the demolition of the Hancock bridge, people were forced to use the railway tracks to cross from one side to the other which led to several accidents and also the death of a school boy.

Last month, the court had directed the civic body and CR to decide a site where a temporary foot overbridge can be constructed to help people cross Sandhurst road. CR had also been told to ensure that border walls along the tracks are properly built to avoid illegal railway crossing.

The direction was given during the hearing of a petition filed by city resident Kamlakar Shenoy.

Advocate Trupti Puranik, appearing for the civic body, today informed the court that a meeting between the corporation and railway authorities was held, but no outer limit was fixed for completion of the FoB. Moreover, the corporation wants the railway authorities to build the bridge.

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