Andheri bridge collapse: Mumbai’s dabbawalas suspend tiffin services on WR route

Bridge collapse in Mumbai, India, halts train traffic (PHOTOS)

The Gokhale bridge on SV Road connects Andheri East with the West stations and is used by thousands of commuters every day.

Mumbai has a new hero: motorman Chandrashekhar B Sawant.

"A part of the foot overbridge has collapsed which has halted our up and down services of Western Railway".

Railways Minister Piyush Goyal has "applauded the quick thinking and timely action of WR motorman Sawant at the time of the Andheri bridge mishap and announced a Rs 5 lakh reward for him", an official said. Dabbawalas also reportedly have a six-sigma accuracy level, which basically suggests one mistake every 16 million deliveries.

Police official Yaibhav Nigade said at least five people who were walking on the bridge were injured and hospitalized.

Both road and train traffic have been impacted.

A search and rescue operation is under way.

Rainfall is expected to cross 90mm in some parts of the city today.

Sawant's prompt act contained the impact of the accident, which injured not more than five people-those who were walking on the four-decade-old ROB, which authorities subsequently said had design flaws.

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

Railroad spokesman Ravinder Bhakar said no trains were passing in the area at the time of the collapse.

He said around 700 employees of the railways, helped by some experts from Delhi and Lucknow, were working on the restoration work and the train services will be resumed completely soon.

The heavy rains have once again left mumbaikars vulnerable with reports of waterlogging slow traffic movement being reported from several parts of the city.

Adding to the chaos was the roof of a BEST double decker bus was partly sliced off when it hit an overhead obstacle near Vakola, besides two other minor incidents - a short-circuit at Virar station and a fire in the Mira Road station ticketing office.

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