Mumbai Gokhale Bridge collapses in Andheri, local trains delayed

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Gokhale Road Over Bridge collapsed over railway tracks in Vileparle in Mumbai’s Andheri, the local trains schedule was sent off track on Tuesday. Many passengers were stuck as trains could not pass the Andheri station. Harbour line passengers on Western Railways between Andheri and Bandra are allowed to travel via Ghatkopar on Central Railway towards CMST on same pass/ticket, as per a report.

The part of the bridge tore away at 7:30 AM, and took a tangle of wires down with it too. The effect of the collapse was immediate, as the traffic had to be stopped, and commuters were stuck in traffic as far as 3 Kilometers down the roads. The educational institutions, schools and Colleges have been closed because students can’t reach them on time as the repair work begins at the site.

Mumbai has been assaulted by heavy rains and the Meteorological department of India has predicted that it is going to experience torrential rain for the next 48 hours. A National Disaster Response Force has reached the site, and are going to begin constructing another means for people to travel through it, and to their destinations.

Meanwhile, the India Meteorological Department has predicted heavy rain in the city in next 24 to 48 hours while forecasting rainfall throughout the week. The operations of the local trains on both Central and Western Railway have been disrupted due to the continuous Mumbai rains. Complaints of water-logging were also received from several low-lying areas yesterday.

The IMD’s Colaba observatory, on Monday, recorded 32.2mm of rain while the Santacruz observatory recorded 42.8 mm of rain. With the downpour, the maximum temperatures fell to 28.7 degree Celsius at Colaba and 31.5 degree Celsius at Santacruz.

As per the weather forecast by IMD, intermittent rains or showers are likely to occur in Mumbai and suburbs with heavy rainfall at a few places in the city in coming days.

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