Heavy rains led to collapse of part of a bridge at Andheri (West) station in Mumbai on Tuesday (July 3) morning, injuring at least 5 people.
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1. Around 7.30 am on Tuesday, part of the Gokhale bridge on SV Road that connects Andheri East and Andheri West stations collapsed, tearing down overhead wires which fell on the tracks, affecting train service, which is the lifeline of India’s financial capital.
2. The incident occurred at the southern end of Andheri station between platform numbers 7 and 8.
3. The Mumbai Police has confirmed there has been no casualty. But at least 5 people were injured in the accident, two of them are said to be critical.
4. After the incident, the Mumbai Police tweeted: “Part of Gokhale Bridge, connecting Andheri East to West has collapsed affecting the overhead wires too.Trains on the western line are affected. BMC,Fire Brigade as well as RPF Staff & Officers are deputed on spot for support.Traffic above & below the bridge is stopped for now.”
5. Commuters travelling from Andheri East to Andheri West were advised to follow the following route:
Bisleri junction- Teli Galli – Surve Chowk – Andheri subway – SV Road.
6. Commuters travelling from Andheri West to Andheri East have been advised to follow the following route:
JVPD – Sujay hospital junction – Mithibai college – SV road – Gore flyover – Parle east – Adhar junction – Parle junction to Western Express Highway (WEH). Alternatively, they could use JVPD – Sujay Hospital junction – BMW junction – slip road of Rajiv Gandhi flyover – SV Road – Gore flyover – Adhar junction – Parle junction – WEH .
7. Commuters travelling from SV Road to Western Express Highway (WEH) or from WEH to SV Road are advised to take the Gore flyover/Khira Nagar junction-Milan flyover/ Khar subway to reach their destination.
8. The Western Railway (WR) had issued an advisory in the morning requesting commuters to travel only if necessary till restoration work was completed.
“Restoration of OHE (Overhead Equipment) & tracks bet Andheri & Vile Parle which is affected due to falling of part of ROB is underway. Trains are working bet Virar – Goregaon & Bandra-Churchgate but It is advised to travel only if its very necessary to avoid inconvenience please,” the Western Railway tweeted.
“Limited services being run between Borivali-Goregaon. However, 18 extra buses have been arranged from Borivali for south Mumbai. More extra buses being arranged.Trains working bet Virar-Borivali,” it said.
9. The WR also distributed food packets and water bottles among stranded passengers at various long-distance trains.
10. Meanwhile, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said he is monitoring the situation in Mumbai.
“Directed officials to speed up repair work and rapidly restore traffic in close coordination with other departments. I have also ordered an enquiry by Commissioner of Rail Safety,” he tweeted.
11. The Harbour Line traffic near Andheri was restored around 2 pm. The first local train ran at 2.19 pm. Harbour Line restoration between Andheri-Vile Parle ensured connectivity between Churchgate and Goregaon as well as Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT)-Goregaon.
“Railways is working to reinstate all remaining railway sections too,” said the Railway Minister.
12. The WR Helpline numbers are as follows:
Andheri – 022676 30054; Churchgate – 02267622540; Borivali- 02267634053; Mumbai Central- 02267644257
13. Fire brigade officials, the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), Mumbai Police, Railway Police and Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) officials are working together on restoration operations.
14. The Western Railway expects to restore all lines by midnight.
“Restoration of OHE/tracks near Andheri under taken extensively. Harbour lines in Andheri-Vile Parle section expected to be open by 14.00 hrs. Dn/UP fast lines & STA lines expected to be open by 19.00 hrs. UP & Dn slow lines in this section expected to be clear by midnight today,” it tweeted.
15. Meanwhile, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted heavy rainfall in Mumbai for the next 48 hours.
Sreya is based in Kolkata. She is a Senior Editor of Big Wire.