Piyush Goyal ordered an inquiry and announced a compensation of Rs 1 lakh for those injured in the bridge collapse.
A road overbridge (ROB) collapsed on the rail tracks in suburban Andheri amid heavy rains in. Chandrashekhar B Sawant was steering the Churchgate-bound train from Borivali and on nearing the Andheri station, he witnessed a part of the bridge falling. "I have requested both Railways and BMC to undertake structural audit of all Road over bridges and foot over bridges, which are more than 20 years old or found weak or over utilised". Six people have suffered injuries in the mishap.
The Government Railway Police said the five pedestrians received injuries after getting trapped under the debris.
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Rainfall is expected to cross 90mm in some parts of the city today. The injured individuals have been sent to hospitals even as heavy rains hampered the operations, fire service department sources said.
Coming nine months after the Elphinstone Road FOB crash and stampede that left 23 commuters dead, Tuesday's incident instilled fear among the commuters, especially since at least three jam-packed locals had passed the bridge seconds before the crash. The Western Railway stated that trains were being operated between Goregaon-Virar on the northern side and Bandra-Churchgate in the southern direction, besides Harbour Line from Bandra-CST.
The Commissioner of Railway Safety will investigate the incident which has triggered a blame-game between the WR and the BMC.
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Railroad spokesman Ravinder Bhakar said no trains were passing in the area at the time of the collapse around 7:30 a.m.
Officials of various agencies including western railway, State Govt., local authorities, NDRF and Mumbai Police are working together to clear the tracks between Andheri and Vile Parle. 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. At the same time, traffic jams have been reported from several parts of the city, due to waterlogging.
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