He said an inquiry by the Commissioner of Rail Safety has been ordered and the report is expected within 15 days. The Railway Minister said about 500 rail personnel including experts from Delhi and Lucknow are working on a war footing to fully restore the services.
The railway minister added that a joint safety audit of all the 445 bridges on Mumbai’s suburban route will be conducted by railways, Mumbai civic body and IIT, Mumbai in the next six months and any necessary design or construction repair will be carried out as recommended.
The collapse of a slab of the Gokhale Road overbridge on Tuesday morning injured 5 persons, and the condition of one among them is said to be serious. The bridge connects Andheri East and Andheri West.
Earlier, train services of the Western Railway came to a halt for a short while after a part of a road-over bridge collapsed this morning in Mumbai’s Andheri. Fortunately no train was passing beneath the track at the time of collapse. The services were later resumed.
The bridge collapse came after a spell of heavy rains in Mumbai. The iconic dabbawalas of Mumbai also announced the suspension of lunch tiffin services because of the disruption of services on Western Railways.
Heavy rains in Mumbai and its suburbs on Tuesday morning caused water logging in several low-lying areas. There have been continuous showers from Monday night in Mumbai and its suburbs. Water logging was reported from areas including Dadar, Parel, Sion, Powai and Kandivli.