Did Mumbai Bridge Collapse Under the Weight of 60 Utility Cables? Probe Begins
Sanjana Bhalerao | Hindustan Times
A day after the Gokhale road overbridge in Andheri collapsed on Tuesday, it has been found that at least 60 utility cables ran below the paver blocks of the 3-m-wide bridge. Did the pressure weaken the bridge, leading to its collapse? The joint probe by the commissioner of railway safety (CRS), Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and railway officials will look to answer this question.
The 70-m-long Gokhale bridge, which was built in 1975, acted as a connector between Andheri East and West. Around 7.30am, a 3-m-wide slab from the pedestrians’ exit of the bridge gave away, leaving five people injured. A major disaster was, however, averted as a Churchgate-bound train leaving Andheri station was stopped metres ahead of the spot.
While a team of BMC and railway officials conducted a joint inspection of the site on Wednesday, both of them claimed they didn’t give permission for the utilities passing through the bridge. An official present with the team said, “Both the aspects – the permission and pressure –will be examined…” (Read the full story)