Five persons are reportedly injured as a portion of a footover bridge collapsed on the tracks near Andheri railway station following heavy rains in Mumbai. Gokhale Bridge, connecting Andheri East to West, reportedly collapsed during wee hours on Tuesday morning.
The incident has affected the rail and road traffic. Residents travelling on the route through local trains are advised to check the schedule before setting out on their journey.
Meanwhile, four fire brigade vehicles are at the spot. The rescue operations are currently underway in the area as more people are suspected to be trapped under the debris. BMC as well as RPF Staff and Officers are deputed on spot for support.
“5 injured sent to hospital. Don’t think anyone is trapped under debris. Railway admn, RPF, GRP, City Police are present & clearance of debris underway. Railway will probably start functioning in next 4 hrs,” R Kudvalkar, Railway Protection Force was quoted as saying.
Overhead Equipment (OHE) have been damaged and a team of engineers have swung into action to restore it, chief PRO of Western Railway Ravinder Bhakar was quoted as saying. “A part of the FOB has collapsed which resulted the halt in all our up and down services of Western Railway. Our officers have reached to the spot and accessing the situation,” he said.
The Western Railway has issued helpline numbers in view of affected traffic in Mumbai.
Andheri – 022676 30054
Churchgate – 02267622540
Borivali – 02267634053
Mumbai Central – 02267644257
Dabbawalas, who supply Tiffin boxes to the working professionals, have also expressed their inability to work today, as the all the four lines of the Western Railway suburban services have come to halt.
Mumbai rains has been continuing since last night. The Mumbaikars woke up to heavy rainfall on Tuesday. Reports of water-logging has been reported from several low-lying areas.
The India Meteorological Department has predicted heavy rain in the city in next 24 to 48 hours while forecasting rainfall throughout the week. The operations of the local trains on both Central and Western Railway were disrupted due to the continuous Mumbai rains on Monday.