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Metro bridge collapses in Mumbai,1 dead, twelve injured

Mumbai, Sep 5 (): A portion of a 50 metre slab of the metro bridge that was under construction on Versova-Ghatkopar stretch reportedly collapsed on Andheri-Kurla road yesterday in which one person died and twelve were injured.

Cranes were being used to remove the debris, as rescuers fear that some more persons might also be trapped under the debris, said the police. The people who were trapped under the debris have been rushed to Seven – Hills hospital in Marol area of Andheri East.

People in large numbers thronged the area around the accident site. Police were put to severe hardship in clearing the busy road by dispersing the crowd. It is expected that some more people could have been trapped in the debris but the officials have not yet revealed any such information.

The collapse in Metro Bridge situated on the crowded Andheri-Kurla road which leads to the airport is likely to cause heavy traffic jam in the busy area for one or two  days. Authorities were instructing the gathered people to keep away from the site.

As rescue operations were expected to slow down during night hours, more cranes might be pressed into service in order to clear the road earlier, said an official.

The project has been witnessing some or other accidents in the past also. In the month of April this year, part of a 400-tonne crane fell off the truck while carrying which crashed into the Sarvodaya Hospital in Ghatkopar.

Again in the month of July, a labour fell and died while building the Andheri segment of the line.  It is a project valued at a cost of Rs 36,000 crore which has a joint scheme between Reliance Infrastructure, Veolia Transport as well as the Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority (MMRDA) and according to norms should be completed in 2021.

The city has been receiving heavy rainfall in the past 24 hours with flights and trains cancelled with a landslide that occurred in Chembur on Monday.