A section of a bridge caved in at Andheri station in Mumbai this morning following incessant rain, leaving 5 people to eviscerate, with 2 said to be in crucial condition. No casualties are reported thus far. The Gokhale bridge connects Andheri East and Andheri West stations and is used by thousands of commuters daily. a section of the bridge, that is on the southern end of Andheri station between platform numbers 7-8, crashed around 7.30 am, splitting off overhead wires that were left on the tracks.
Traffic at the bridge has been stopped and trains, that are the lifeline of India’s financial capital, are affected.
The routes of some local trains on different lines are extended to clear the issue at Ghatkopar station. The bridge crash broke some of the platform roofs blocked railway lines and broken high-tension electrical wires and overhead power equipment.
“A part of the foot overbridge has collapsed that has halted our up and down services of Western Railway. Our officers have reached to the spot and access matters. no train was passing beneath the track,” he added.
Railways minister Piyush Goyal tweeted saying that an inquiry 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 extend the frequency of the city’s BEST buses.
Firemen worked within the rain at the collapsed bridge, attempting to see if anyone was trapped within the detritus. A National Disaster Response Force team conjointly reached the spot.
Reports suggested a traffic jam build up within the area. Mumbai’s Dabbawalas have suspended all their lunch box deliveries during this a part of town but would continue on alternative routes.