BMC plans to rebuild the entire Gokhale bridge with an estimate cost of ₹103 crores!
The city which served as the trade centre of the world during the British era is riddled with old time buildings that are worn out and at the end of their rope. One such structure is the ancient Gokhale bridge which has collapsed more than just once and has been rebuilt time and again.
The bridge has also been the cause of several deaths and injuries over the years, which is why the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation is finally looking to rebuild the entire bridge with a cost of over ₹103 crores!
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Gokhale Bridge collapse 2018
The BMC is looking to rebuild the entire Gokhale bridge which has been unstable from a long time and has fallen over at several occasions, the most recent being 2018 and 2019. Both times huge chunks of the bridge collapse resulted in serious injuries and even deaths. The bridge has caused 6 deaths and over 23 serious injuries till date which should be motivation enough to start the rebuilding process.
The Gokhale bridge has previously been rectified and built over several times, hence, the BMC feels that now is the time to finally begin with the rebuilding. According to a report by TOI, the civic authority will have to loosen its purse strings and shell out a massive amount of ₹103 crores.
According to the same report, officials say that they do not wish to demolish the entire bridge in one go, but are looking more towards rebuilding chunks and segments of it. The bridge is a crucial east-west corridor connecting S V Road and N S Phadke Marg.
The rebuilding of Gokhale bridge is a much anticipated event, especially seeing the kind of traffic the bridge handles. Though, the work has not yet begun and it would take over a year to systematically demolish and construct the bridge, once rebuilt, the bridge is expected to resolve all commuter complaints.
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