Central Railway approves overbridge at Khadki

Pune: After an agonising wait of two and half years, Central Railways has finally given its nod to the Pune Municipal Corporation’s demand to erect a foot overbridge (FOB) near Khadki railway station.

The civic body shall commence the work for the Rs 97 lakh project within the next few days.

The PMC’s Standing Committee approved the FOB at Khadki in December 2010 and thereafter the civic administration approached the railways for permission.

However, the approval for the project got delayed for different reasons.

At one point of time, Municipal Commissioner Mahesh Pathak had shot off a letter to the erstwhile Central Railway General Manager SK Jain urging him to expedite the process of approval for the project.

Additional City Engineer (Projects) Srinivas Bonala said that the Central Railway had approved the design of the project last week.

“We shall kick off the project immediately,” he added.

The PMC has already completed the tendering process for the project.

The proposed FOB, connecting the Pune-Mumbai road on one side to the Range Hills Road on the other side, would be constructed over the rail tracks near the Khadki station.

Provisions have also been made for passengers to access the platforms using the FOB.

The project is important one since at present the local residents, pedestrians and railway commuters put their lives at risk in crossing the busy Old Mumbai Pune Highway and tracks in absence of any overbridge connecting both sides of Khadki station.