Published: Tue, July 03, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Mumbai bridge collapse: Harbour line rail services restored, Railway minister orders probe

Mumbai bridge collapse: Harbour line rail services restored, Railway minister orders probe

Several airlines, including Jet Airways (India) Ltd, IndiGo (InterGlobe Aviation Ltd) and Vistara have offered to accommodate on other flights people running late due to traffic congestion caused by Mumbai rains and Andheri bridge collapse.

"CM @Dev_Fadnavis spoke to @CPMumbaiPolice and BMC commissioner on #GokhaleBridgeCollapse incident".

Railroad spokesman Ravinder Bhakar said no trains were passing in the area at the time of the collapse around 7:30 a.m. Four fire tenders have been rushed to the spot as it is feared that some people might be trapped under the debris.

Harbour line passengers affected between Andheri and Bandra are allowed to travel via Ghatkopar on Central Railway towards Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) Railway Station.

Commuters watch the rescue work at the site of an overbridge that collapsed over the railway tracks after heavy rains in Mumbai.

The incident comes more than a year after 23 deaths in a stampede and eventual collapse on the Elphinstone Road foot overbridge on September 29, 2017.

Prashant Ghag, who works in media house at Fort said, "When I reached Borivili to board a Churchgate bound train, I came to know that all the lines of Western Railway have come to halt".

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has asked the Mumbai police commissioner to ensure smooth traffic movement and asked the BMC to increase its bus service for the convenience of commuters. At least five people who were injured are being treated in Cooper hospital. Part of the Gokhale Bridge, connecting Andheri East to West, collapsed affecting the overhead wires too. Traffic has been halted both beneath and on the bridge. Mumbai Police has been constantly tweeting out alternatives for commuters on the stretch. Weather officials forecast heavy rains in the coming days. After a day's break, rains made a comeback on Monday and it has been raining incessantly across Mumbai since the evening of July 2.

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