PUNE: An audit done by the Pune railway division said that foot-overbridges are safe and thus Puneites need not worry about their safety.
Following the recent accidents of sudden collapse of railway foot-overbridge (FOB) and rail overbridge (ROB) at different railway stations in Mumbai, the Pune railway division has keenly carried out inspection and structural audit of the bridges.
This inspection helped them to know that none of the bridges are in bad condition in the city. Similarly, the generation of plastic waste has also been reduced.
Addressing a press conference, Milind Deouskar, Pune divisional railway manager (DRM), said, “There are 34 foot overbridges, 22 rail overbridges, about 1,000 small bridges and 150 huge bridges at the railway stations of the city. Every year before and after the monsoon, the FOB and ROB and the bridges are audited. And we have not found any bridge that is in bad condition. If any such condition is found we repair it immediately.”
He said, “We have daily collections of plastic waste from the railway station and from trains which are then given to PMC for process of plastic waste. Currently, only 10 per cent of plastic waste is being generated. Earlier the rate was 25 per cent.”
He said there will be five escalators coming up in some months. “There are 10,000 encroachments on the land of Pune railways. 80 per cent of them are from Pune to Lonavla and 30 to 35 acres of land has been encroached. Whenever we need the land we will remove the encroachments, but it is State government’s responsibility to rehabilitate them.”