As Mumbai braces for heavier rainfall, a part of road over bridge nearby Andheri railway station collapsed in early busy hours today and six people are reported to have injured while there has been no reports of casualties so far. Immediate rescue operations are underway to rescue people struck under the debris, if any and resolve the blockage on railway line.
A portion of Western Railway’s road over bridge (ROB) collapsed nearby Andheri West station and towards the Vile Parle on the south end due to heavy rainfall in Mumbai last night. Although there has been no early reports of casualties, six people have injured in the incident and more people are suspected to be trapped under the debris. The collapse of Gokhale ROB that connects Andheri East to West has held up both sides of the railway line and has even damaged the Over Head Equipment (OHE) – stopping local trains in early morning busy hours and stranding thousands of commuters.
A squadron of four fire brigade vehicles had immediately rushed to the spot to conduct rescue operations, while the Railway administration, RPF, GRP and Mumbai City Police are working on the clearance of the track. It has been reported by a Railway Protection Force official that the railway tracks are expected to start functioning within four hours. As of now, all trains between Goregaon and Bandra stations as well as all local trains before Goregaon have been suspended and people might face road traffic congestions.
However, in the wake of the bridge collapse in Andheri and commutation issues caused by it, Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) has set up 14 special extra buses that will be running from Borivali to Churchgate – helping the stranded locals to reach their destination amid heavy rain. The Western Railways has also issued special helplines to know updates about the traffic and railway tracks in Mumbai. The helpline numbers are: Andheri – 022676 30054, Churchgate – 02267622540, Borivali – 02267634053, Mumbai Central – 02267644257; people are advised to look out before heading towards Andheri today.