Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday said civic governance has "collapsed" in Mumbai with streets flooded and an over-bridge collapsing on rail tracks. Incessant rains lashed Mumbai and adjoining areas since morning, throwing normal life out of gear. The road overbridge collapsed in Andheri and crippled the Western Railway's local train services.
"The streets are flooded, citizens stranded, bridges collapsing...Civic governance has collapsed. My thoughts are with the citizens of Mumbai. Stay safe!" Gandhi tweeted.
Five people were injured in the bridge collapse incident, the Brihamumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said, adding that two of them were seriously hurt.
Railway Minister Piyush Goyal has ordered an inquiry into the incident and directed officials to expedite the repair and traffic restoration work.
“It’s an unfortunate incident, I have ordered an inquiry into this. Commissioner of Rail Safety will give report in 15 days,” said Piyush Goyal.
“Five people were injured, ad hoc compensation of Rs 1 lakh will be given to them, their treatment expenses will be taken care of by Railways,” he added.
The Meteorological department has predicted heavy rains in Mumbai and adjoining areas in the next 24 hours.
(With inputs from agencies)