Foot Over Bridge collapses near Mumbai’s Andheri station, Local Train services hit; No Casualties reported

Incessant Rains hampering efforts to remove debris! NDRF Teams pressed into Action to aid efforts to remove the Debris on the Railway Tracks.

MUMBAI: Train services of the Western Railway in Mumbai came to a halt after a part of a footover bridge — now identified as Gokhale Bridge — collapsed on Tuesday morning at Andheri, an official said.

Overhead Equipment has been damaged and a team of engineers have swung into action to restore it, chief public relations officer of Western Railway Ravinder Bhakar said.

“A part of the FOB has collapsed which resulted the halt in all our up and down services of Western Railway. Our officers have reached to the spot and accessing the situation,” he said.

An official from Disaster Management Unit said that fire brigade jawans and other agencies have been mobilised to clear the debris.

“Around 7.30 am, the part of the East Western Railway FOB fell down towards Andheri east station. Fire brigade, Mumbai police and ward staff have rushed to the spot,” said the official adding no casualty was reported so far.

He also said that it seems that incessant rain caused cracks in the FOB, which later resulted in the collapse.

“Thankfully, no train was passing beneath the track,” he added.

Meanwhile, the stoppage of the Western Railway suburban services have paralysed the city.

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. Therefore, finding no alternate means of commute in such a rainy season, I had to return at my home.”

Dabbawalas, who supply tiffin boxes to the working professionals, have also expressed their inability to work, as the all the four lines of the Western Railway suburban services have come to a halt.

NDRF Teams pressed into Action to aid efforts to remove the Debris on the Railway Tracks

The NDRF has been pressed into action to aid efforts to remove the debris after a footover bridge near Andheri station collapsed early this morning.

Mahesh Nalavade Deputy Commander says, “NDRF has a 40 member team. Our major problem is the heavy rain. We can’t remove debris through machines. It has to be done manually.”

According to reports, water has accumulated on the railway tracks at Vikhroli, Kurla, Sion stations.

Senior Railway officials claim train services between Bandra-Goregaon are unlikely to resume before 3 pm as wires have been damaged due to the collapse.

Meanwhile, The Mumbai traffic police has issued the following advisory: “Commuters might face traffic congestion on roads leading to the airport. Request to keep it in mind to ensure one reaches on time for their flights.”

Our officers have reached to the spot and accessing the situation,” he said. An official from Disaster Management Unit said that fire brigade jawans and other agencies have been mobilised to clear the debris.

“Around 7.30 am, the part of East Western Railway FOB fell down towards Andheri east station. Fire brigade, Mumbai police and ward staff have rushed to the spot,” said the official adding no casualty was reported so far.

He also said that it seems that incessant rain caused cracks in the FOB, which later resulted in the collapse. Thankfully, no train was passing beneath the track,” he added.

Meanwhile, the stoppage of the Western Railway suburban services have paralysed the city. 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. Therefore, finding no alternate means of commute in such a rainy season, I had to return at my home.” Dabbawalas, who supply Tiffin boxes to the working professionals, have also expressed their inability to work today, as the all the four lines of the Western Railway suburban services have come to halt.

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