Mumbai rains: Jet Airways, IndiGo, Vistara to accommodate delayed passengers

Jul 04, 2018, 16:14
Mumbai rains: Jet Airways, IndiGo, Vistara to accommodate delayed passengers

The over-bridge collapsed during the heavy rains, disrupting train services, injuring five people and putting the spotlight once again on the creaky infrastructure of this metropolis.

At least six people were injured in the collapse and have been taken to hospital, TOI Mumbai reported.

In Mumbai's suburban Andheri, a major tragedy was averted by an alert motorman who applied the brakes in good time, stopping his train a few meters away from the site where a portion of a road overbridge had collapsed on Tuesday morning.

According to Western Railway spokesperson C.N.K. David, the bridge portion crashed at 7:37 am on the southern-end of the Andheri platform numbers 7-8, damaging the tracks, a portion of the station roof, overhead high-tension wires, electrical equipments and signalling systems.

Sawant's prompt act contained the impact of the accident, which injured not more than five people-those who were walking on the four-decade-old ROB, which authorities subsequently said had design flaws. The traffic was restored at 2.10 pm, after an NDRF team began rescue work with a Disaster Management Team and the fire brigade, under the guidance of senior Railway officers. "Railway will probably start functioning in next 4 hrs", R Kudvalkar, Railway Protection Force was quoted as saying. Don't think anyone is trapped under debris. Several areas in the city are waterlogged, including Dombivali, Ghatkopar, Thane, Kurla, Dadar and Sion stations. Meanwhile, Fadnavis also asked the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) commissioner to increase the frequency of BEST buses for the convenience of commuters. In a tweet, Mumbai Police said the trains on Western line were affected, with traffic below the bridge stopped for now.

The Commissioner of Railway Safety will investigate the incident which has triggered a blame-game between the WR and the BMC. He has also ordered a probe into the incident.

As per a report of the India Meteorological Department, heavy rains with strong winds will strike the city in next 24 to 48 hours.

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