Mumbai's Carnac Bunder Bridge 'Dilapidated', BMC Asks Central Railway to Demolish It
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Mumbai, November 18: The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has asked the Central Railway (CR) to demolish the Carnac Bunder bridge in Mumbai at the earliest, citing the "dilapidated" condition of the 150-year-old British era structure.

A risk assessment survey of the municipality had declared Carnac Bunder bridge as "dilapidated" earlier this year, subsequent to which only light vehicles were allowed to ply. Central Railway to Demolish Patri Pool Bridge in Kalyan.

The municipality in its fresh note of warning, however, finds the bridge dangerous for the commutation of light vehicles as well. If the situation remains unaddressed, it could lead to a tragedy akin to the Gokhale bridge in Andheri, which caved-in in July this year, leading to the death of two people.

The demolition request was sent to CR by the BMC nearly 10 days ago, reports said. The Railway officials will undertake a survey to address whether the bridge is required to be razed on immediate basis.

A senior municipal official, while speaking to reporters, said the bridge's demolition is bound to cause congestion. The Carnac bridge connects the busy route between Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus and Masjid Bunder Railway Station.

Since it passes over the Railway tracks, the traffic department will have to divert the traffic via the already-bustling route of the GPO (General Post Office).

A Railway official speaking on condition of anonymity said the commuters will face massive inconvenience as the BMC is yet to construct the Hancock Bridge, which was pulled down by the CR on the municipality's request in 2016.