BMC to renovate Khar subway
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Awaits no-objection certificate from Western Railway
BMC will soon undertake beautification of Khar subway. The decision was made after MP Priya Dutt took up complaints of H-west ward residents with municipal commissioner Sitaram Kunte and senior roads, bridges and traffic department officials.
"We are awaiting a no-objection certificate (NOC) from Western Railway (WR) and have allotted Rs 54 lakh for the beautification," said G Aggarwal, chief engineer of the roads, bridges and traffic department.
A senior official in the department said, "Subway renovation should be undertaken by WR. However, the authorities have asked BMC to do it. So, we are seeking an NOC."
He said the beautification would involve relaying of tiled subway walls and road repairs.
Assistant municipal commissioner of H-west ward S N Dhamane said pavements and approach roads to the subway would be renovated.
"The subway and surrounding areas need attention. There is a lot of water leakage in the area," he said.
An optimistic Dhamane said the WR NOC should not take time as the work would barely affect trains.
"A big slab of concrete fell on a car passing through the subway a year ago. We have been pitching for renovation of this very dangerous subway ever since. Every day over 5,000 children travel up and down this road, but BMC and railways have been lobbing the ball in each other's court.
"It took us 15 years to get an additional carriageway and now the subway has become congested, dirty and dilapidated," said Anandini Thakoor, chairperson of H-West Ward Welfare Association.