Tuesday, 21 August, 2018

Bridge collapses in Mumbai, several injured as Piyush Goyal orders inquiry

Bridge collapse in Mumbai, India, halts train traffic (PHOTOS) Mumbai Rains: 6 injured as foot overbridge collapses in Andheri west; rescue operation underway
Patty Aguilar | 03 July, 2018, 17:42

The falling bridge damaged a portion of the platform roof, blocked the railway lines and damaged the high-tension electric wires and overhead power equipments, he added.

Amidst the heavy rains in Mumbai, a part of a Gokhale bridge in Andheri collapsed on Tuesday.

Railways Minister Piyush Goyal has directed officials to speed up the fix work and restore traffic. He has directed authorities to ensure the bridge is repaired quickly and traffic is restored. "I have also ordered an enquiry by Commissioner of Rail Safety", the minister tweeted.

Every day, millions of commuters use the sprawling train network in Mumbai and its suburbs. Following the collapse, Mumbai police got busy sorting out possible traffic congestion by suggesting alternative routes to those whose commute was interrupted by the incident.

A western railway public relation officer reported that part of a road overbridge collapsed on tracks near Andheri Station. Reports said that at least one person has been injured.

They were taken to the Cooper Hospital, it said.

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BJP leader Kirit Somaiya tweeted after the Andheri bridge collapsed. Customers travelling from Mumbai are advised to allow more time for their journey to the Airport.

With several thousands of commuters stranded all over the network, the civic transport body BEST deployed 40 additional bus services between Goregaon-Bandra to clear the rush. Harbour line passengers have been allowed to travel freely on Central Railway, Central railway said.

Train services of the Western Railway (WR) have been stopped after the bridge, built in 1971, collapsed, a railway official said. Four fire tenders have been rushed to the spot as it is feared that some people might be trapped under the debris. "Local train services in Mumbai will be restored completely by tonight", said Goyal after visiting the accident site.

Mumbai police have also issued advisories for the commuters.

While waterlogging and traffic jams were being reported from some areas like Jogeshwari on Monday evening, the impact remains to be seen on Tuesday morning as Mumbaikars step out for work and it continues to rain.

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