MUMBAI (Metro Rail News): Finally, passengers on local trains and the Metro rail at Andheri station will be relieved. The Western Railway will build a new foot over bridge (FOB) to connect the railway station and the Andheri metro station. In reality, as part of his inspection of Mumbai Suburban Rail on February 9, Western Railway’s top boss, General Manager Anil Kumar Lahoti, examined the progress of this construction at Andheri station.
According to senior WR officials who were present during the inspection, Lahoti paid an unexpected visit to Andheri station on Wednesday morning, despite the fact that it was not on his inspection agenda. He and a group of railway officials evaluated the progress of the FOB, the passenger crowds snaking between the two means of mass transit, engineering work in progress, and other features of the Andheri railway station’s development.
Andheri railway station receives a daily footfall of 2-3 lakh, which used to exceed 5-6 lakh per day prior to COVID-19. According to authorities from Mumbai Metro One Private Limited (MMOPL), the daily footfall at Andheri station is now 40000 passengers, out of a total of 1.90-2 lakh riders on the entire network. The busiest station is Ghatkopar, which has 50000 daily passenger footfalls as of today.
On the condition of anonymity, a WR official stated, “At present we witness serpentine queues on rail premises (the bridge that connects suburban and metro rail) of passengers who want to board metro trains at Andheri. So we are constructing another FOB that is coming from West side of Andheri station connecting few of our platforms as well and Andheri Metro station.”
This FOB is 56 metres long and 6 metres wide, with pillars laid and partially launched girders. GM Anil Kumar Lahoti also visited the Borivali and Virar railway stations, as well as the Virar carshed. He inspected the luggage scanning equipment, mobile ticketing units, ticketing counters, and other amenities and facilities there, according to WR authorities. Lahoti inaugurated a ‘green-bin’ for composting at Virar carshed, visited a motorman training school, and underlined the need of railwaymen paying attention to safety factors during train maintenance.