The Railway and Mumbai Municipal Corporation have teamed up to finish the indefinitely delayed Kurla Subway project, entailing a fresh cost Rs 5.05 crores. The subway will provide a much needed link between the East and West side to one of the busiest suburban thoroughfares in Mumbai.
M/s Mahesh Roopchandani of Solapur have been awarded the contract of construction by the Railways. Central Railway will provide an additional fund of Rs 2.11 crores for completion of the project. Central Railway had earlier spent Rs 3.84 crores on 129.9 metre on construction of a tunnel running under Main and Harbour Railway lines. This 7.60 metre wide tunnel with a height of 2.6 metres was constructed years ago, lay incomplete. BMC had been entrusted the responsibility of construction of approach road to the western side of Subway, which alone would cost Rs 2.94 crores.
“This uncompleted project had proved to be stupendous waste of resources, not put to use even after having spending lumpsum money. I hope it will bring down fatalities that occur when passengers cross rail tracks”, said RTI activist Anil Galgali.