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Dadar to have one less FOB from today

Commuters access the FOB linking platform no. 4 and 5 at Dadar station for one last time on Tuesday.

Commuters access the FOB linking platform no. 4 and 5 at Dadar station for one last time on Tuesday.   | Photo Credit: Emmanual Yogini

Commuters have to brace themselves for crowded platforms

Commuters at Dadar station will need to brace themselves for crowded platforms from Wednesday and throughout the monsoon as Western Railway (WR) will be closing the foot overbridge (FOB) on the Churchgate end of the station. The FOB was red-flagged during inspections by the railway and experts from IIT Bombay after the Andheri bridge collapse in July last year.

WR will soon begin dismantling the bridge and constructing a new one at the same spot. WR spokesperson Ravinder Bhakar said, “There are four other FOBs at Dadar which the commuters can use. We will be deploying security personnel at the station for crowd management.”

Shutting the FOB will have an impact on crowd management at the station as the FOB connects five platforms. It is also linked to the main FOB connecting the Central Line. The worst-hit by the FOB’s closure will be platform no. 4, which narrows towards the station’s southern end.

Railway officials said that the bridge was built in the 1993 and was not fit for use as it was heavily corroded. Senior officials said that it will take WR at least six months to rebuild the FOB since construction activity slows down during the monsoon. Vinod Ghodawariya, a BMC employee, said, “If this foot overbridge is shut, it will be difficult for me. I will have take a circuitous route to reach another bridge, which will also be crowded. They should come up with a solution.”

Railway officials said owing to space constraints, there is little scope to build an additional FOB before dismantling the old one. Dadar is among the busiest stations on the suburban network and forms a crucial link between the Western Line and the Central Line.

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