Mumbai: A portion of the rail over bridge (ROB) collapsed due to rains on the railway track near Andheri station on Tuesday morning, leaving five people injured, with two critical. The bridge collapse obstructed train operations on the Western Railway (WR). This threw Mumbai’s entire transport systems out of gear.
The Gokhale bridge on SV Road connects Andheri East and Andheri West stations and is used by thousands of commuters each day. There is a road to connect east to west and a pedestrian strip. The pedestrian strip gave way on Tuesday at 7.30 am. A major tragedy was averted as there were less people on the road due to heavy rains.
Also, the Churchgate local coming from Borivali towards Churchgate was stopped by motorman Chandrashekhar Sawant as he sensed that the bridge was coming down.
The bridge crash damaged a portion of the platform roof, blocked railway lines and damaged high-tension electric wires and overhead power equipment. A team of NDRF and fire brigade personnel rushed to the spot immediately and started rescue operation.
The injured have been identified as Dwarkaprasad Sharma (47), Giridhari Singh (40), Manoj Mehta (50), Harish Kohali (50) and Asmita Katkar (69) who hails from Ratnagiri.
Local trains on the Western suburban line were affected due to the collapse. The service was restored after nine hours. The services between Andheri and Vile Parle totally stopped during the day.
Officials said the debris has to be removed and the wires fixed before trains could resume. Meanwhile, Western Railways has tweeted saying cranes have been deployed to lift the slabs of the bridge from the railway tracks. Meanwhile, incessant rains lashed the city and adjoining areas since Tuesday morning, disrupting normal life. A few flights were also diverted from Mumbai to nearby airports due to bad weather.
The Meteorological department has predicted heavy rains in Mumbai and adjoining areas in the next 24 hours. The heavy downpour caused water-logging in the low-lying areas of Hindmata, Sion, Parel TT, Nehru Nagar, Kurla, Bhandup, Wadala, Dharavi, Andheri and Mulund.
Meanwhile, a double decker BEST bus rammed into an overhead railing near Bandra. The bus was travelling towards University campus, Kalina and crashed into an overhead railing. No casualty was reported.