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Andheri bridge collapses as incessant rain lash Mumbai

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Bridge collapse in Mumbai India halts train traffic injures 6

The injured, who include one woman, have been admitted to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation's R N Cooper Hospital in Vile Parle, a BMC official said. The pedestrian section of the Gokhale Road bridge, which connects Andheri (East) with Andheri (West) collapsed on the tracks below following incessant rains, damaging the overhead equipment as well as a portion of platforms eight and nine of Andheri station.

An official from Disaster Management Unit said that fire brigade jawans and other agencies have been mobilised to clear the debris.

The falling bridge entangled with overhead wires which fell on the tracks below, halting local train services on the Western line, officials said, causing vast inconvenience to Mumbaikars for whom local trains are a lifeline.

Most commuters bitterly expressed their opposition to the bullet train and said the need of the hour is to make the Mumbai lifeline safer and more efficient as peoples' lives and livelihood depend on it. However, Railway Protection Force (RPF) has denied anyone being trapped. Railway administration, RPF, GRP and Mumbai police are present and clearance of debris underway.

Heavy overnight rains and waterlogging in many areas is suspected to be the cause of the crash. A joint-safety audit would be conducted by the railways, the BMC and IIT at 445 road overbridges, foot overbridges and bridges over pipelines in Mumbai.

The incident triggered a blame-game between the railway and the BMC and rekindled the debate among commuters of prioritizing the existing railway networks before implementing the grandiose Mumbai-Ahmedabad Bullet Train project.

Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal has ordered an inquiry into the collapse.

Meanwhile, the Western Railways has issued helpline numbers in view of affected traffic in Mumbai.

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast heavy rain in parts of Mumbai and Thane on Tuesday and Wednesday as well.

"The restoration work is in full swing and we hope to resume normal train services in the next few hours", David said.

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