A British era bridge located in Mumbai has been dismantled by the Central Railway. It said in a statement that 27 hours had been allotted to bring down the Carnac bridge, but work was completed on Monday. The Central Railway had announced a mega block to successfully dismantle the bridge between the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus and Masjid Bunder on the suburban line. Demolition began at 11:00 PM on November 19 and was completed at 2:00 AM on November 21.
Although major traffic on the 19th-century bridge was halted in 2014, an expert panel from the Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay ruled it unsafe in 2018.
Central Railways Chief Public Relations Officer Shivaji M Sutar briefed residents on the developments on social media and shared several videos and photos of the bridge being dismantled. He informed that four cranes had been used to remove about 450 tons of steel construction from the old bridge.
The videos show the process of removing the steel girders using several large cranes and other machines.
— Shivaji M Sutar (@ShivajiIRTS) November 19, 2022
“It was a huge and challenging task as traffic on all lines and the CSMT station was completely shut down,” Central Railways general manager Anil Kumar Lahoti told ANI news agency.
Several Internet users posted comments about the successful completion of the work. “Sir Railways is a busy network in India. But good management of Railways,” one user tweeted.
Another said, “Kudos to the CR officer and staff.”
“So solid ironwork. Will the new(?) be just as strong and durable?” noted a third user.
One person also added: “Proud of the great team who toiled day and night through their hard work. Kudos to the team for their sincerity. I hope the team who really toiled was taken care of by the railway officials as the work on a hard way was done. I salute you all.”
“Why didn’t they do this two years ago when Lockdown was in full effect. That was a golden opportunity for Mumbai Local to improve this kind of infrastructure,” said another.
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