Andheri rail bridge collapses, 5 injured, local train traffic hit

04 Juillet, 2018, 16:12 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Andheri rail bridge collapses, 5 injured, local train traffic hit

At 7:30 am on Tuesday, part of the Gokhale bridge, built in 1971, had collapsed near the eastern side of the Andheri railway station, falling upon the rail tracks. Six people have suffered injuries in the mishap.

Hundreds of passengers at various railway stations in south Gujarat were stranded on Tuesday as many trains between Mumbai and Ahmedabad were either cancelled or short terminated following the collapse of a railway over bridge at Andheri station. Customers travelling from Mumbai are advised to allow more time for their journey to the Airport. "Railway will probably start functioning in next 4 hrs", R Kudvalkar, Railway Protection Force was quoted as saying.

The injured, who include one woman, have been admitted to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation's R N Cooper Hospital in Vile Parle, a BMC official said. Rescue operations continued to save those trapped under the debris. Railway admn, RPF, GRP, City Police are present & clearance of debris underway. Several fire brigade vehicles are at the spot. As the trains have got affected on both the directions, hitting daily commuters badly.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has spoken to Mumbai Police Commissioner and BMC commissioner about the incident.

"As per findings of audit, necessary action will be taken at the earliest", Union Minister Piyush Goyal said after visiting the site of collapse in Andheri. He has ordered a probe to be completed within 15 days.

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The enquiry will be conducted by the Railway safety commissioner of the Western circle.

Crowd management machinery has been strengthened on Central Railway at all major stations from Ghatkopar onwards.

After struggling on a war-footing with 500 officers and 500 workers managed to restore the Harbour Line from Andheri to CST by 2 pm, and efforts were on to restore the other main lines, Goyal said. So in the wake of this incident, they made a decision to suspend the services on the western railway line.

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast heavy rain in parts of Mumbai and Thane on Tuesday and Wednesday as well.

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