In a yet another incident in Mumbai, a part of road-over-bridge collapsed in Mumbai’s suburbs, Andheri on Tuesday morning. The bridge, notably, joined Andheri East to West and the bridge was reportedly poor in strength. The incident has damaged the overhead wires due to which the train services have been halted fro-to Andheri West. As per a source present at Andheri Station, the service is likely to resume after 3pm today on a single line. The tragic incident has injured 5 persons out of which 2 are critical, as per TV reports. The time the incident took place, a local train was around 100 meters away and another train had passed from under the bridge. The motorman of the train which had to pass from under the bridge in less than a few seconds applied an emergency brake which supposedly saved hundreds of lives. As per an estimation, it will take another 24hrs to normalize the routine passing of trains fro-to Andheri railway station.
The NDRF (National Disaster Response Force) team, Mumbai police, RPF (Railways Police Force) and fire brigade team are deployed at the incident spot. The team is trying to search if there is any person trapped under the debris. In the meanwhile, railway services between Churchgate and Bandra; Goregaon and Virar have resumed around 9.07am, as per a tweet by DRM Western Railways Mumbai Central. “Services of trains suspended between Bandra and Goregaon due to minor part of bridge near Andheri station collapsed on tracks. Churchgate to Bandra and Goregaon to Virar local train services have resumed,” tweeted DRM WR MumbaiCentral.
Services of Trains suspended between Bandra and Goregaon due to minor part of bridge near Andheri Station collapsed on tracks. Chirchgate to Bandra and Goregaon to Virar local train services have resumed.
— DRM WR MumbaiCentral (@drmbct) July 3, 2018
The central railway also pleaded mass to not believe on rumours. “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,” tweeted Central Railway.
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
Mumbai Police social media cell also tried helping the commuters with the traffic status around the area and how they can use an alternate roadway to reach their destiny. “#WaterLogging at Shyam Talav, Hibdmata, Oberoi Mall, WEH, CST Road, Kurla, Mahim Junction, Nehru Nagar Bridge. Traffic also affected at SCLR. Commuters are advised to avoid these routes #TrafgicUpdate,” tweeted Mumbai Police.
— Mumbai Police (@MumbaiPolice) July 3, 2018
The Mumbai Police also advised commuters travelling from Andheri East to West to follow Bisleri Junction – Telli Galli – Surve Chowk – Andheri Subway – SV Road.
Commuters travelling from Andheri East to West are advised to follow
Bisleri junction- Teli Galli – Surve Chowk – Andheri subway – S V road #GokhaleBridgeCollapse
— Mumbai Police (@MumbaiPolice) July 3, 2018
The Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis, has also asked the BMC commissioner to increase the frequency of BEST buses to ease the commuting and avoid traffic jam. “CM @Dev_Fadnavis spoke to @CPMumbaiPolice and BMC Commissioner on #GokhaleBridgeCollapse incident. CM asked CP to ensure smooth traffic movement and also asked BMC Commissioner to increase frequency of BEST buses for convenience of commuters. #MumbaiRains” tweeted CMO Maharashtra.
CM @Dev_Fadnavis spoke to @CPMumbaiPolice and BMC commissioner on #GokhaleBridgeCollapse incident. CM asked CP to ensure smooth traffic movement and also asked BMC commissioner to increase frequency of BEST buses for convenience of commuters. #MumbaiRains
— CMO Maharashtra (@CMOMaharashtra) July 3, 2018
As per news agency IANS, the portion of railway platform roof was also damaged along with the damage to the overhead power equipment.
This incident has made Mumbaikars recall the Foot-over-bridge collapse rumor at Elphinestone Road Railway station, which had resulted in the stampede claiming 23 lives on September 29, 2017. The bridge was then ordered to be widened to allow majority of commuters pass over it. The tender for it was opened in November 2017 and the FOB is now reportedly widened and is now 8-meter wide. Co-incidently the FOB is opening from today when Mumbaikars have encountered a Road-over-bridge collapse incident.