Mumbai Central (BCT): The wait for the Oshiwara railway station is set to get longer. The reason is that the construction of a Road Over Bridge (ROB) — to connect Western Express Highway and S V Road between Goregaon and Jogeshwari — is estimated to take at least another year. Only after the ROB is built can a level crossing gate that cuts across the under-construction station be shut down by Western Railway (WR).
The railways plans to finish construction of the 100-m portion of the ROB that crosses railway tracks between Goregaon and Jogeshwari station by July 2014, according to Hemant Kumar, General Manager, WR.
While civil work on railway land will be over by July 2014, the railway administration will have to wait for at least a year as the civic body, which has to construct 95 per cent of the two-km ROB, will take at least a year-and-a-half before it gives the green signal to shut the level crossing.
A senior civic official said, “The work on the ROB is going to take two years. A ramp is being created to help traffic exit on S V Road. That work is likely to take at least a year-and-a-half. Till that time, the level crossing can’t be shut.”
According to the official, construction on civic land is delayed due to encroachment.