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Andheri bridge collapse Highlights: Piyush Goyal orders inquiry, Railway to conduct safety audit of 445 bridges in Suburban Mumbai

Mumbai Andheri road overbridge collapse Highlights: Part of a road overbridge collapsed in Andheri West on Tuesday morning. At least five people suffered injuries.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: July 3, 2018 8:26:48 pm
Mumbai Andheri bridge collapse Mumbai Andheri road overbridge collapse Highlights: At least five people suffered minor injuries. (Express Photo/Nirmal Harindran)

Mumbai Andheri road overbridge collapse Highlights: Part of a road overbridge collapsed in Andheri West on Tuesday morning. Part of the Gokhale bridge, a crossing which connects Andheri East to West, gave in at around 7.30 am. The Mumbai Fire Brigade, city police and ambulance services were deployed at the site to remove the debris. At least five people suffered injuries, two are critical.

Due to the collapse, slow and fast trains on the Western Line have been halted. Traffic has been temporarily suspended below and above the bridge as well. Trains are likely to resume on that stretch of the Western Line only at 3 pm.

In pictures | Five injured in Andheri bridge collapse

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.”

Also read | Railways Minister Piyush Goyal orders probe into incident

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Mumbai Andheri road overbridge collapse Highlights: Part of Gokhale Bridge, a crossing which connects Andheri East to West, gave way this morning. Read in MalayalamHindi, Marathi

18:07 (IST)03 Jul 2018
Railway Minister addresses media after inspecting the collapse site in Andheri
17:13 (IST)03 Jul 2018
Audit of bridges by Railways
17:11 (IST)03 Jul 2018
Train services to be completely restored by tonight

Local train services in Mumbai to be restored completely by tonight, says Goyal after visiting the accident site. Goya; announced Rs 5 lakh for motorman who stopped the train at the right time, and Rs 1 lakh compensation for five injured in the collapse. 

16:55 (IST)03 Jul 2018
Railway to conduct safety audit of bridges

Railway to carry our joint safety audit of 445 such bridges in Suburban Mumbai to prevent such incidents in the future. Railway minister said that they will conduct the audit of such FoBs along with the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). 

16:52 (IST)03 Jul 2018
Piyush Goyal reaches spot of bridge collapse

Railway Minister Piyush Goyal reaches the spot of the bridge collapse in Andheri of Mumbai. He says that the incident is most unexpected and tragic and that he has ordered the Commissioner of railway safety for an enquiry into the reasons behind the collapse. The report is to be submitted within 15 days. 

15:55 (IST)03 Jul 2018
Rahul Gandhi slams Modi govt over FoB collapse

Congress president Rahul Gandhi slammed the Modi government over the bridge collapse in Mumbai's Andheri and said, "The streets are flooded, citizens stranded, bridges collapsing..... Civic governance has collapsed. My thoughts are with the citizens of Mumbai. Stay safe!"

15:36 (IST)03 Jul 2018
Relief for students who were stuck due to bridge collapse

For students, who couldn’t reach the exam centres today because of rains and the Andheri FOB collapse, the University of Mumbai will hold re-examinations later. Several MSc Zoology and Chemistry students couldn’t reach exam centres in the morning.

15:14 (IST)03 Jul 2018
Harbour line traffic restored

Harbour line traffic near Andheri, Mumbai has been restored, authorities said, Railways is working to reinstate all remaining railway sections too. Meanwhile, the first train from Andheri to CSMT began at 2.20 this afternoon.

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15:13 (IST)03 Jul 2018
Congress blames Railway minister for bridge collapse, cites carelessness

Congress Maharashtra Spokesperson and General Secretary Sachin Swant blamed the Modi government and careless attitude of Railways and rail minister for the Andheri bridge collapse. In a tweet, he said,  "Elphinstone road bridge tragedy was completely due to the careless approach of railways but that tragedy also doesn't seem to change the attitude of govt. Strongly condemn."

15:06 (IST)03 Jul 2018
Special buses operated for commuters after railway services were hit

The Brihanmumbai Electricity Supply and Transport (BEST), the civic body's transport provider, is running 27 special buses between Borivali and Bandra. The WR has also made arrangements for the refund of tickets of passengers travelling by long-distance trains which were cancelled because of the incident. As a special case, WR commuters were permitted to travel on alternate routes of the Central Railway, the WR said in a statement.

14:23 (IST)03 Jul 2018
UPDATE: Train services begin from Andheri

The first train from Andheri to CSMT began at 2.20 this afternoon. Authorities had previously said they are working towards restoring harbour line operations (CSMT- Goregaon) by 2 pm. Operations along the Western Line, meanwhile, remain suspended.

14:14 (IST)03 Jul 2018
Trains on Harbor Line to restart shortly

The Harbor line stretch from Andheri to Goregaon is likely to start in some time. Union Railways Minister Piyush Goyal had previously said he was monitoring work on the Andheri road overbridge that collapsed and had directed authorities to speed up repair work to ensure trains could restart along this route.

13:20 (IST)03 Jul 2018
WR served stranded passengers breakfast this morning
13:11 (IST)03 Jul 2018
Govt may conduct structural audit of all bridges crossing railway lines

BJP leader and Lok Sabha MP Kirit Somaiya tweets on the Andheri bridge collapse, 'I discussed the issue with Railway Minister @PiyushGoyal, he assured to consider structural audit and monitoring system of all bridges crossing railway lines, including those belongs to BMC, Local Authorities, State Governments.' 

13:00 (IST)03 Jul 2018
Airlines to accommodate passengers who have missed their flights

Airlines to accommodate passengers despite missing their flights due to the bridge collapse.

12:57 (IST)03 Jul 2018
ICYMI: WR helpline numbers
12:55 (IST)03 Jul 2018
Five injured in collapse admitted to hospital

The five people who were injured in the collapse this morning have been identified as Manoj Mehta (52), Harish Koli (45), Girdhari Singh (40), Dwarkaprasad Sharma (47) and Asmita Katkar (35).

12:30 (IST)03 Jul 2018
Congress' Ashok Chavan on Andheri bridge collapse
12:28 (IST)03 Jul 2018

Today's pedestrian bridge collapse comes nearly a year after the Elphinstone foot overbridge collapsed due to a stampede. At least 22 people were killed in the incident, while over 30 people suffered injuries. Millions of people use the Mumbai locals to travel every day, which is why today's incident has significantly disrupted traffic and created chaos for commuters.

(Reuters Photo)

12:12 (IST)03 Jul 2018
Update: Five injured in bridge collapse, 2 critical

Five people were injured in the collapse this morning. Two are in critical condition while the others suffered minor injuries, Dr R Sukhdev, medical superintendent at RN Cooper hospital, confirmed to The Indian Express. 

In pictures | Five injured in Andheri bridge collapse

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At least five people were injured on Tuesday after a part of the Gokhale bridge, which connects Andheri East to West, collapsed. Two are in critical condition, while the other three suffered fractures. The NDRF, Mumbai Police and Firebrigade swung into action to conduct rescue and relief operations and clear debris from the railway tracks. Due to the incident, services on the Western Line and Harbour Line are affected.

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First published on: 03-07-2018 at 08:40:58 am