A section of a bridge caved in at Andheri station in Mumbai this morning following incessant rain, leaving five people injured, with two said to be in critical condition. No casualties have been reported so far. The Gokhale bridge connects Andheri East and Andheri West stations and is used by thousands of commuters each day. A part of the bridge, which is on the southern end of Andheri station between platform numbers 7-8, crashed around 7.30 am, ripping off overhead wires which were left on the tracks.
The routes of some local trains on other lines have been extended to clear the spillover at Ghatkopar station, officials said.
The bridge crash damaged a portion of the platform roof, blocked railway lines and damaged high-tension electric wires and overhead power equipment, according to an IANS report.
Officials said the debris has to be removed and the wires fixed before trains could resume.
“A part of the foot overbridge has collapsed which has halted our up and down services of Western Railway. Our officers have reached to the spot and accessing the situation,” said Western Railway spokesperson Ravinder Bhakar.
“Thankfully, no train was passing beneath the track,” he added.
Railways minister Piyush Goyal tweeted saying that an enquiry into the bridge collapse had been ordered. A tweet from the Maharashtra chief minister’s office said chief minister Devendra Fadnavis has asked Mumbai’s municipal body chief to increase frequency of the city’s BEST buses.
Firemen worked in the rain at the collapsed bridge, trying to see if anyone was trapped in the debris. A National Disaster Response Force team also reached the spot.
Part of Road Over Bridge has fallen on tracks near Andheri Station impacting rail traffic. Directed officials to speed up repair work and rapidly restore traffic in close coordination with other departments. I have also ordered an enquiry by Commissioner of Rail Safety.
— Piyush Goyal (@PiyushGoyal) July 3, 2018
Reports suggested a traffic jam building up in the area. Mumbai’s Dabbawalas have suspended all their tiffin box deliveries in this part of the city, but would continue on other routes.
Prashant Ghag, a commuter, said, “When I reached Borivili to board a Churchgate bound train, I came to know that all the lines of Western Railway have come to a halt. With no alternate commute in such rain, I had to return home.”
It has been raining heavily in Mumbai since last night and parts of the city are waterlogged.
Don’t believe in rumours. Crowd management machinery on Central Railway stations have been strengthened.
Harbour line passengers are allowed to travel on Central Railway main line suburban section.
Please travel without panicking.
— Central Railway (@Central_Railway) July 3, 2018
The meteorological department has predicted heavy rain in the next 48 hours.
Restoration of OHE tracks bet Andheri Vile Parle which is affected due to falling of part of ROB is underway. Trains are working bet Virar – Goregaon Bandra-Churchgate but It is advised to travel only if its very necessary to avoid inconvenience please. #WRUpdates@drmbct
— Western Railway (@WesternRly) July 3, 2018
Western Railways has released helpline numbers in view of affected traffic. The following are the helpline numbers- Andheri: 022676 30054, Churchgate: 02267622540, Borivali: 02267634053, Mumbai Central: 02267644257.
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