August 19, 2022

The brand new foot-over-bridge (FOB) will likely be 5 meters vast and 75 meters in size. This new FOB will join main platforms of Thane station, together with platforms quantity 2&3 and 4&5 to ease the stream of passengers. The work is anticipated to be accomplished by December finish of this yr. The approximate value of this stainless FOB is round Rs 4 crore.

The fabric for use will likely be chrome steel conforming to worldwide requirements and the construction will likely be corrosion resistant and likewise cut back upkeep prices.

“The preparatory work on Central Railway’s Mumbai division’s first-ever chrome steel FOB at Thane has already been began,” stated an officer of CR, including that utilizing chrome steel will make the challenge costlier by round 20 per cent.

Nonetheless, the construction will likely be corrosion resistant and can cut back upkeep efforts within the corrosion-prone surroundings of Mumbai as in comparison with typical metal, thus benefiting in the long term.

There are round 325 FOBs and highway overbridges (ROBs) within the suburban railway part of Mumbai divisions of Central Railways. Corrosion in buildings is among the persistent challenges confronted in coastal areas reminiscent of Mumbai and has been a contributing consider many mishaps and unsafe buildings throughout the previous few years.

The essential distinction between chrome steel and atypical structural metal is that the previous accommodates alloys of chromium, copper, and nickel, which allow it to withstand corrosion.

Explaining the advantages of chrome steel, a senior officer of CR stated, “Barring the periodic inspection and cleansing, there may be hardly any upkeep value. Which means there will likely be only a few visitors blocks for FOB and ROB repairs.”

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In Mumbai, Railway authorities should assume twice earlier than closing down a FOB due to the chaos it triggers.

“Extraordinary metal buildings are delicate to atmospheric situations. Metal corrodes readily within the presence of oxygen and moisture, however the price of corrosion is accelerated within the presence of chloride ions. Chloride ions outcome primarily from publicity to salt-laden air. Mumbai being a port metropolis, FOBs and ROBs are particularly susceptible,” stated an engineer of CR.

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