PUNE: The Pune railway division has set a deadline of August 15 to complete the new foot over bridge (FOB) at the Pune junction. The 12 metre-wide FOB connecting all platforms will provide much-needed relief to passengers.
The Engineering Department placed the girder for the bridge on Sunday. The work was started early morning and completed by afternoon. Officials agreed that there were delays but the project would be up and ready for passengers with two escalators by August.
“We are in the final phase to complete the FOB and have already set the deadline to complete it before August 15. There have been delays in the work. We have already received funds from the government. One of the exits of the FOB near the divisional railway manager’s office (DRM) on Tadiwala Road will be connected, said a senior official.
The official said some major issues at the Pune station, which witnesses passenger traffic of over a lakh every day, would be resolved once the FOB was ready.
“A majority of people use the old FOB as it is the only bridge, which connects all platforms in addition to exits at both ends of the station. There are two more FOBs but one of them only connects three platforms. The other, although connected to all platforms, doesn’t have exits at both ends of the station,” he said.
“We have taken several measures to ensure that the FOB remains free from heavy crowding and people walk in an organised manner but the situation has improved only a little. At present, the main focus is on passenger safety at stations and on trains,” said Pune Division spokesperson Manoj Jhawar.