Inspection report stated that the expansion joint on the bridge was mistaken as a crack.
Mumbai: Almost a week after it was shut, the Matunga (west) foot-over-bridge (FOB) was reopened by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). The decision was taken after the civic bridges department clarified that there was nothing wrong with the bridge and it can be reopened.
Ashok Khairnar, assistant municipal commissioner, G-North ward, said, “After inspection, we received a report from the bridges department saying that the expansion joint was mistaken as a crack and there is no fault with the bridge. Hence we decided to reopen the bridge.”
The bridge, which is popularly known as Z-bridge, is connected to the railway station. It was shut on July 14 following complaints of cracks in it. The BMC bridges department inspected the FOB and declared it safe for pedestrians.
According to civic officials, most bridges have expansion joints to enable continuous traffic between two structures and deal with temperature variation.
One person had died and four others were injured when a pedestrian portion of the Andheri rail over-bridge better known as Gokhale bridge collapsed on the tracks on July 3.