Bridge collapses on Mumbai-Goa highway; two buses with 22 on-board missing

Mumbai: In the early hours of Wednesday, a bridge constructed at the time of British Rule in India on the Mumbai-Goa National highway collapsed due to heavy rains in the Konkan region in Maharashtra.

As per reports, around two buses and many other vehicles went missing soon after the bridge collapsed. The 70-year-old bridge which links Mumbai with Goa collapsed at around 1 am due to the flooding of the river below the bridge.

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Raigad Collector Sheetal Ugale in his statement to a daily said that two transport buses with 11 passengers each is missing and till now there has not been any contact with the two drivers. Also, when the two missing buses did not arrive on time here, Ugale asked the people to get in touch with the concerned authorities so as to get information about their missing relatives.

Apart from the two buses around 5-6 private vehicles are also feared to have been washed away in the floods. Search operations have been called for and Chetak helicopter has been deployed to trace the missing people. Search operations are being carried on by the NDRF teams following orders by PM Narendra Modi.

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Ugale said, “The bridge was built during the British era. After discussion with the National Highways Authority, we have shifted traffic to the new parallel bridge nearby. We are trying to confirm reports of other missing vehicles.”

Also, Rehabilitation Minister Chandrakant Patil said that help of the defence forces would be taken to search the missing vehicles.

Maharashtra CM, Devendra Fandavis said that initial reports suggest that two buses with 22 on board are missing.

As of now, traffic has resumed on the new bridge.