It’s final: State govt. to build ROBs, Rlys. to share cost

Centre resolves long-running dispute; 57 ROBs for city, State under new norms

Mumbai: Bringing to an end the dispute over who should construct Rail Overbridges (ROB) in the city and the State, the Central government has said the responsibility rests with the State government, and not the Railways. The latter will, however, share a part of the expenditure on construction.

To implement the new system, a tripartite agreement has been signed between the State government, the Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MORTH) and the Ministry of Railways. Under the agreement, 57 new ROBs will be constructed in Mumbai and other parts of the State.

Indicating that this arrangement will be in force in the near future, the Railways Ministry has shared locations for the proposed ROBs with the State government. In a letter, the ministry asked the State government to nominate an agency to construct the ROBs at the earliest.

CR gets 51 ROBs

Fifty-one of the proposed ROBs will be on the Central Railway (CR) and the rest on the Western Railway (WR). A senior Railways official said, “We’ve held meetings (with stakeholders) on how to move ahead. The agreement streamlines the process of building ROBs in the State and clearly defines the responsibilities of each ministry.” He added that this agreement was preceded by one signed between the Ministry of Railways and MORTH, but wasn’t implemented.

In the dispute between the BMC and the Railways that has been on for long, the most recent standoff was over building a new ROB at Lower Parel station. At a meeting on Thursday between CR, WR, BMC and other agencies, it was decided that WR will construct the part over the railway area, while BMC will build the approach road.

It has already been decided the Hancock and Patripool ROBs will be built by the civic body and the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) respectively. With many ROBs in need of urgent renovation due to age — some of them are over 100 years old — the Railways has identified nine that have to be rebuilt. However, reconstruction work on only two of them — the Hancock and Carnac ROBs — are likely to be taken up in the near future.

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