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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:

By HT Correspondents | Jul 03, 2018 23:57 IST

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:

9:00 PM IST

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.

8:52 PM IST

Immediately applied emergency brakes when I saw the line snap: Train driver

8:45 PM IST

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.

8.41 PM IST

Trains running smoothly

7:23 PM IST

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.

6.45 PM IST

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.

6:30 PM IST

Rs 65,000 crore set aside for safety work in Mumbai suburban railway

5.20 PM IST

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.

5.02 PM IST

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.

4:45 PM IST

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.

HT Photo/ Satyabrata Tripathy
4:00 PM IST

Rahul Gandhi hits out at civic authorities

3:55 PM IST

Several trains have been rescheduled

A list of all the trains that have been cancelled/rescheduled.

3:50 PM IST

After Uber, Ola also suspends surge pricing for cabs

3:27 PM IST

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).

2:57 PM IST

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.

2:46 PM IST

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.

2:35 PM IST

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.

1:50 PM IST

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.

1:45 PM IST

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.

1:11 PM IST

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.

1:05 PM IST

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.

12:52 PM IST

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

12:35 PM IST

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.

12:26 PM IST

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.

12:11 PM IST

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.

11:55 AM IST

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.

11:45 AM IST

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.

11: 36 AM IST

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.

11:25 AM IST

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.

11:16 AM IST

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.

Waterlogging seen in Mumbai’s Sion. ( Hindustan Times/ Kunal Patil )
11:05 AM IST

Nobody stuck in debris: Police

Nobody is stuck in the debris of the Andheri bridge collapse, say Maharashtra Police and Government Railway Police.

10:55 AM IST

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.

10:46 AM IST

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.

10:43 AM IST

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.

10:31 AM IST

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.

10:23 AM IST

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.

10:19 AM IST

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.

10:14 AM IST

Western Railway helpline numbers

Here are the Western Railway helpline numbers for Andheri, Churchgate, Borivali and Mumbai Central.

10:08 AM IST

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.

10:01 AM IST

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.

9:55 AM IST

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.

9:50 AM IST

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.

9:41 AM IST

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.

9:39 AM IST

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.

9:33 AM IST

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.

9:30 AM IST

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.

9:27 AM IST

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.

9:24 AM IST

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.

9:12 AM IST

One person rescued from debris

Mumbai North-East MP Kirit Somaiya tweets that one person has been found in the debris.

National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team has reached the spot of the bridge collapse.

9:06 AM IST

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.

9:02 AM IST

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.

8:50 AM IST

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.