Mumbai rains Highlights: 3 train lines opened for traffic, restoration in full swing, says Western Railways
As Mumbai received heavy rain on Tuesday, train services on the Western line were affected after a foot overbridge collapsed near the Andheri railway station. Here are the updates:
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Five people were injured as a foot overbridge near the Andheri railway station collapsed on Tuesday morning, stalling train services on the Western line of the Mumbai suburban railway system. The bridge is part of the Gokhale bridge on SV Road that connects Andheri West to East.
The weather bureau’s forecast on Tuesday morning said that intermittent rain is likely to occur in the city and its suburbs with heavy rain at isolated places throughout Tuesday and Wednesday.
Mumbai had witnessed an increase in rainfall activity on Monday after mostly dry weather over the weekend.
Below are the updates:
Gokhale Flyover closed to traffic for few days
Mumbai Police issued an advisory saying the Gokhale Flyover will be closed to traffic for a few days due to repair works.
Advisory: #GokhaleFlyover will be closed for traffic for repair work for a few days. Commuters are advised to take route thru Balasaheb Thakre bridge Jogeshwari /Milan flyover Santacruz/Mrunal tai Gore flyover Malad Goregaon/Captain Gore bridge Parla / Andheri-Khar-Milan subway— Mumbai Police (@MumbaiPolice) July 3, 2018
Immediately applied emergency brakes when I saw the line snap: Train driver
#WATCH Chandrashekhar Sawant, the Mumbai motorman who stopped train when he saw over head electric line snap,says' I immediately applied emergency brakes when I saw the line snap. A major accident was averted as it was peak hour&lot of people were around.' #AndheriBridgeCollapse pic.twitter.com/EWuRl7Ztlm— ANI (@ANI) July 3, 2018
Andheri - Vile Parle line restored
Western Railways says both UP & Dn fast lines between Andheri - Vile Parle have been opened for traffic on restricted speed.
UP fast line (towards Churchgate) restored and first train passed on it between Andheri & Vile Parle. Now three lines including harbour lines opened for traffic. Restoration of remaining lines in full swing #WRUpdates @drmbct pic.twitter.com/TfGbFDjJNF— Western Railway (@WesternRly) July 3, 2018
Trains running smoothly
Central Railway is running smoothly.I have taken fast train from Buyculla at 7:30 Pm it running smoothly hope reach by 8:05— DINESH KUMAR SHARMA (@DINESHK1903) July 3, 2018
Airlines waiver penalty charges for passengers
Several airlines, including Jet Airways, Vistara, GoAir and IndiGo, have arranged for waiver of penalties, re-accommodations and refunds for the passengers who missed their flights in Mumbai due to inclement weather conditions.
#9Wupdate: Due to heavy rains in #Mumbai, we’ve issued a waiver on penalties for date/flight change, refund, no-show (including fare difference if any), on all confirmed tickets for flights operating to and from Mumbai for 3rd July, 2018.— Jet Airways (@jetairways) July 3, 2018
Piyush Goyal says driver averted a ‘bigger mishap’ at Andheri bridge collapse site
Piyush Goyal said the driver, Chandrashekhar Sawant, “averted a bigger mishap” by halting the train before it reached the site where an overbridge collapsed near Andheri railway station.
I would like to thank motorman Chandrashekhar Sawant who stopped the train as soon he saw an over head electric line snap & averted a bigger mishap. He will be awarded Rs 5 lakh: Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal on road over-bridge collapse incident in #Mumbai's Andheri West pic.twitter.com/Q1vgllMz5T— ANI (@ANI) July 3, 2018
Rs 65,000 crore set aside for safety work in Mumbai suburban railway
मुंबई उपनगरीय रेलवे के लिये लगभग 65 हजार करोड़ रुपये खर्च करने का निर्णय महाराष्ट्र सरकार एवं रेलवे ने लिया है, जिससे यहाँ के यात्रियों को सुविधा मिल सकेः @PiyushGoyal— Piyush Goyal Office (@PiyushGoyalOffc) July 3, 2018
Railways, BMC and IIT to carry out audit of 445 bridges in Mumbai
The Railway minister said that during the next six months, a joint safety audit will be conducted by the Railways, the BMC and IIT of the 445 road overbridges, foot overbridges and bridges over the pipelines in Mumbai as part of efforts to improve safety for the commuters.
The joint study was ordered because the bridge that collapsed at Andheri station underwent an audit on November 12 and “nothing abnormal” was found.
Local train services to be restored by tonight: Piyush Goyal
Railway minister Piyush Goyal said the local train services will be restored completely by tonight. He also said that all the bridges on the Mumbai suburban railway line will be reviewed by IIT.
Goyal, who visited the accident site in Andheri in the afternoon, said that an ad hoc compensation of Rs 1 lakh will be given to the five injured and their treatment expenses will be taken care of by the Railways.
Its an unfortunate incident, I have ordered an inquiry into this. Commissioner of Rail Safety will give report in 15 days: Piyush Goyal,Railway Minister on part of road over bridge collapsed in #Mumbai's Andheri West earlier today pic.twitter.com/mR9is8yrk0— ANI (@ANI) July 3, 2018
Piyush Goyal visits the site of bridge collapse in Andheri
Railway minister Piyush Goyal visited the spot where a foot overbridge collapsed near the Andheri railway station.
Rahul Gandhi hits out at civic authorities
The streets are flooded, citizens stranded, bridges collapsing.....— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) July 3, 2018
Civic governance has collapsed. My thoughts are with the citizens of Mumbai.
Several trains have been rescheduled
A list of all the trains that have been cancelled/rescheduled.
Harbour line restoration after extensive restoration work has ensured connectivity between Churchgate & Goregaon as well as between CSMT & Goregaon. Here is List of long distance trains cancelled/short terminated on 3.7.18 pic.twitter.com/7TeLKuClQf— Western Railway (@WesternRly) July 3, 2018
After Uber, Ola also suspends surge pricing for cabs
Mumbai University to hold re-exam for students
“Re-examination will be held for the students who couldn’t reach for various examinations of the University of Mumbai due to waterlogging at various places and collapse of a bridge in Andheri. The time-table will be announced soon,” said Vinod Malale, deputy registrar (public relations).
Uber suspends surge pricing for cabs in Mumbai
“Due to the heavy rainfall and severe waterlogging in Mumbai, Uber has turned off dynamic pricing across the city. We are trying our best to ensure availability of Ubers on the road. We encourage Mumbaikars to POOL together and share their ride with fellow commuters travelling in the same direction,” an Uber spokesperson said.
Rs 5000 compensation paid to four injured in Andheri bridge collapse
Western Railway said it has made ex gratia payment of Rs 5000 each to four of those injured in Andheri bridge collapse.
Harbour line service from Andheri resumes
Harbour lines service between Andheri and Vile Parle was cleared at 2:15pm. The first train from Andheri station has left for CST.
As promised, Harbour line traffic near Andheri, Mumbai has been restored. Railways is working to reinstate all remaining railway sections too. pic.twitter.com/U8WBLdWIdN— Piyush Goyal (@PiyushGoyal) July 3, 2018
Central Railway sends an empty train for commuters in Vasai
Central Railway is sending one empty rake of Rajya Rani Express to Vasai Road to clear rush of commuters from there. This train will bring commuters from Vasai to Mumbai via the Diva route.
Western Railway provides food to passengers on long-distance trains
Western Railway served breakfast to about 200 passengers of 12479 Suryanagari Express and arranged 300 passengers of 09016 Gorakhpur-Bandra Terminus Holiday Express at Valsad.
BEST double-decker bus hits overhead railing in Vakola
Kalina-bound BEST double-decker bus hit an overhead railing in Vakola, Santacruz. No injuries have been reported yet.
Extra BEST buses running from Bandra to Andheri, Goregaon, Borivali
Western Railway says its Mumbai Division and BEST has arranged extra buses for local rail commuters between Borivali-Bandra, Bandra-Andheri/Goregaon and Dadar-Goregaon.
BEST buses between Borivali and Bandra are departing from near Gora Gandhi Hotel (West) and Mangalam Dairy (East).
BEST buses services from Bandra West to Andheri and Goregaon will be available near Lucky Hotel on SV Road.
Two additional BEST bus services will run from Dadar East (Near Swami Narayan Temple) to Goregaon.
Trains cancelled so far
19015/16 Bandra - Porbandar cancelled between Mumbai central and Surat
59045/46 Bandra - VAPI & VAPI-VR
59439/40 Cancelled between Mumbai Central and Palghar
19023 Mumbai Central to Firozpur
12953 Mumbai Central to Nizamuddin
12953 Mumbai Central- Nizamuddin August Kranti Rajdhani Express
19023 Mumbai Central - Firozpur Cantt. Janta Express
Western line services to be fully operational only after midnight
Services on the Western Railway will resume in full swing only after midnight, said Sanjay Mishra, WR divisional railway manager.
“As of now, Churchgate to Bandra and Goregaon to Virar is operational,” Mishra said.
BJP, Shiv Sena trade charges over Andheri bridge collapse
BJP and Shiv Sena leaders are engaged in blame game over the Andheri bridge collapse. The foot overbridge comes under the BMC but was maintained by the Railways.
While BJP MP Kirit Somaiya says BMC is responsible for the bridge, Mayor V Mahadeshwar, who is from Shiv Sena, says it is the Railway’s responsibility and BMC was only providing funds for maintenance.
BMC’s additional municipal commissioner, Idzes Kundan, says, “We are not responsible for the construction, maintenance or the audit of the foot overbridge in the railway premises.”
“Audit and maintenance of the foot overbridge is with Western railway,” chief engineer SO Kori says.
Western line commuters allowed to travel on Central line trains
Western Railway says it is allowing commuters to travel on the Central line trains between Ghatkopar and Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) stations due to closure of the Bandra-Goregaon section on the Western line.
IMD update on Mumbai rains
Between 8:30am and 11:30am Mumbai suburbs recorded 68mm rain (heavy) and south Mumbai 24 mm (moderate), says IMD.
Andheri-Vile Parle section of Harbour line to open by 2 pm: Western Railway
Harbour lines in the Andheri-Vile Parle section are expected to be open by 2 pm, says Western Railway. The fast lines and STA lines are expected to be open by 5 pm. The slow lines in this section are expected to be clear by midnight today.
Trains on Central line run with delay
Centrail Railways said its services on all corridors were running with some delay due to heavy rains. CR has reduced the number of trains during non-peak hours to avoid bunching in rail traffic.
CR has also arranged for food packets and water bottles at various long distance trains stations for stranded passengers.
Restoration work underway at site of Andheri bridge collapse
Western Railway tweets video of restoration work being carried out at the site of the Andheri bridge collapse.
The Overhead Equipment (OHE) was damaged in the collapse and a team of engineers are working to restore services, WR Chief Public Relations Officer Ravinder Bhakar told PTI.
Personnel of the fire brigade, the NDRF, the Mumbai Police, the railway police and local ward of the BMC are working to clear the debris and repair the damaged OHE, a civic official said.
Mumbai rains cause waterlogging in several areas
Heavy rains in Mumbai and its suburbs has caused waterlogging in several areas, including Hindmata Junction and Sion. Railway tracks are submerged under water at Sion railway station, reports ANI.
Nobody stuck in debris: Police
Nobody is stuck in the debris of the Andheri bridge collapse, say Maharashtra Police and Government Railway Police.
Heavy rains in Mumbai for next 48 hours: IMD
IMD has forecast heavy rains for Mumbai. The city has seen continuous rains from Monday night to Tuesday early morning after intensity of rainfall increased from evening onwards.
“Heavy rain is expected to continue for Mumbai and surrounding areas for 48 hours (from Tuesday morning),” KS Hosalikar, IMD’s deputy director general (western region), said.
Sniffer dogs search for people buried in debris
A 40-member NDRF team is at the spot of the bridge collapse.The bridge debris is being removed manually as machines can’t be deployed at the site. Two sniffer dogs are part of NDRF team to trace for people buried in the debris.
Five injured, two admitted to ICU at Cooper hospital
Five people were injured in the Mumbai bridge collapse and have been admitted to Cooper hospital in Juhu. Two of the injured are in the ICU while the other three have been admitted with fractures.
Piyush Goyal orders enquiry into bridge collapse
Railway Minister Piyush Goyal tweeted that he has ordered an enquiry into the Mumbai bridge collapse. The minister also said that he has directed officials to speed up repair work and quickly restore rail traffic.
Goyal is expected to arrive in Mumbai at 11:30 am and is likely to visit Andheri.
Part of Road Over Bridge has fallen on tracks near Andheri Station impacting rail traffic. Directed officials to speed up repair work and rapidly restore traffic in close coordination with other departments. I have also ordered an enquiry by Commissioner of Rail Safety.— Piyush Goyal (@PiyushGoyal) July 3, 2018
Incessant rain may have caused cracks in bridge: Official
An official from Disaster Management Unit told PTI that it seemed incessant rain had caused cracks in the foot overbridge, which later resulted in the collapse. “Thankfully, no train was passing beneath the track,” he added.
The official also said that fire brigade jawans and other agencies have been mobilised to clear the debris.
NDRF team has rescued 2 people from under the debris of the bridge, reports ANI.
31 BEST buses arranged from Andheri
A total of 31 buses are arranged from Andheri to different routes in the city, BMC’s Disaster Management Unit tweeted. The bus numbers are 2, 4, 440, 348, 202, 203, 225.
Western Railway helpline numbers
Here are the Western Railway helpline numbers for Andheri, Churchgate, Borivali and Mumbai Central.
CM Fadnavis speaks to Mumbai Police Commissioner, BMC chief
Maharashtra chief minister says he asked the Mumbai Police Commissioner to ensure smooth traffic movement. He has also asked the Brihanmumbai Municipal (BMC) Commissioner to increase frequency of BEST buses.
CM @Dev_Fadnavis spoke to @CPMumbaiPolice and BMC commissioner on #GokhaleBridgeCollapse incident. CM asked CP to ensure smooth traffic movement and also asked BMC commissioner to increase frequency of BEST buses for convenience of commuters. #MumbaiRains— CMO Maharashtra (@CMOMaharashtra) July 3, 2018
Avoid train travel if possible: Western Railway
Western Railway says it is working on restoration of services between Andheri and Vile Parle.
While trains are working between Virar-Goregaon and Bandra-Churchgate, WR has advised commuters to travel only if necessary to avoid inconvenience.
Mumbai Police issues traffic advisory
The Mumbai police has advised commuters travelling from Andheri East to West to follow Bisleri junction and then to take Teli Galli following Surve Chowk going to Andheri subway, and then take the SV road.
Commuters travelling from West to East are advised to follow JVPD following Sujay hospital junction leading to Mithibai college and then take the SV road.
For those wanting to take the Western Express Highway (WEH), police has asked to take the Captain Gore flyover at Vile Parle east and then go to Aadhard junction and Vile Parle junction to WEH.
5 injured in bridge collapse sent to hospital
Five people injured in the bridge collapse have been sent to the hospital, the Railway Protection Force (RPF) says.
“Don’t think anyone is trapped under debris. Railway administration, RPF, GRP, City Police are present and clearance of debris underway. Railway will probably starting functioning in next four hours,” RPF’s R Kudvalkar tells ANI.
Dabbawalas suspend deliveries on Western Railway routes
Mumbai’s dabbawalas have suspended their tiffin box deliveries on Tuesday on the Western Railway (WR) routes, but will continue services on other routes.
Central Railway extends three Kurla trains till Ghatkopar
CR announced that three Kurla locals have been extended till Ghatkopar to clear the extra rush of passengers.
Local train services to Kalyan and Karjat are running with a 20-minute delay.
BEST runs extra buses between Andheri and Borivali
Extra buses are being run between Andheri and Borival for the convenience of commuters, said Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST).
“We will also ask our staff to make necessary announcements so the passengers get proper information,” said Surendrakumar Bagde, general manager of BEST.
Rains delay train services on Central line
Services on the Central line has been affected due to heavy rain, with trains running late. Services on the Harbour line are running with a 15-20 minute delay.
The Central Railway has opened extra counters at Dadar and Ghatkopar stations.
Efforts on to restore Western line services
“Senior Railway Officers along with suitable staff have been rushed to the site and all possible efforts are being ensured to restore the traffic on affected section at the earliest,” said Western Railway.
Don’t panic: Central Railway to commuters
Central Railway urges commuters to travel without panicking. “Don’t believe in rumours. Crowd management machinery on Central Railway stations have been strengthened,” CR tweeted.
One person rescued from debris
Mumbai North-East MP Kirit Somaiya tweets that one person has been found in the debris.
Andheri FOB collapse, FireBrigade & Railway Officials told me 1 person is caught in the debris, he is live, Fire Brigade Team confident of save his life— Kirit Somaiya (@KiritSomaiya) July 3, 2018
National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team has reached the spot of the bridge collapse.
Railway to restore Harbour line services first
“Trains on the Central Railway’s main, harbour and trans-harbour lines are running normally,” Chief Public Relation Officer (CPRO), Central Railway, said.
Harbour line passengers affected on the Western line between Andheri and Bandra have been allowed to travel on the Central line for now.
The Railways says it will first try to restore Harbour line services first.
Western and Harbour line train services hit
The bridge collapse stalled train services on the Western line of the Mumbai suburban railway system, with all train services between Churchgate and Andheri suspended initially.
The Virar-Goregaon and Churchgate- Bandra services were quickly restored. However, train services between Andheri and Bandra are likely to be suspended for hours.
Part of bridge collapses in Andheri
A foot overbridge near the Andheri railway station collapsed on Tuesday morning. Three people were injured in the incident.
The Mumbai Fire Brigade has rushed four fire engines to the spot. “We are at the spot and trying to check with the locals if someone is missing as they might be trapped under the debris,” Mumbai Fire Brigade told news agency ANI.