The Gokhale road overbridge (ROB), built in 1971, collapsed near the eastern side of the Andheri railway station in Mumbai, on July 3, 2018 and part of it fell on the rail tracks in the morning. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said that the area where the mishap took place, falls under the Railways’ jurisdiction. “The area where a portion of the bridge collapsed, comes under the Railways. Therefore, it was the Railways’ duty, to conduct a safety audit and carry out maintenance of the bridge,” a senior BMC engineer said. “We (the BMC) have no right to infringe on their territory. It is the Railways’ responsibility, to maintain property and infrastructure falling under their jurisdiction,” the official said.
He said the “BMC regularly pays the amount incurred on construction, reconstruction and maintenance of our (the civic body’s) bridges, which fall in the Railways’ jurisdiction.” In the last four years, the BMC has paid Rs 103.76 crores to the Central Railway (CR) and the Western Railway (WR), for work on such bridges, he said. Earlier in the day, mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar also said the onus was on the Railways, to maintain the ill-fated bridge as it passed over its territory.
Meanwhile, the WR succeeded in restoring services on the Harbour corridor, to minimise the inconvenience caused to passengers, while the repair work was underway on the other affected lines. The CR assisted the WR in the restoration work, by providing manpower and equipment. According to a senior CR officer, “One special train from CSMT to Vasai (which falls on the WR section) and another from Vasai to CSMT were pressed into service, to clear extra rush of passengers.” Chief PRO of the CR Sunil Udasi said, “The Central Railway operated 12 additional and special local services between 5 pm and 7 pm from CSMT to Goregaon (a western suburb), for the benefit of passengers.”