A major bridge on the Mumbai-Goa national highway collapsed at around 2 A.M. today as rains continue to strike Maharashtra and brings a complete halt to traffic.
The reason behind the collapse is not clear but it is likely to have been caused by the overflowing of Savitri river in Mahabaleshwar. However, No casualties have been confirmed so far but an eyewitness has claimed that two cars were washed away.
According to the Raigad District Collector, 2 state buses that left Ratnagiri are missing. NDRF teams have been deployed at the site and also confirms that one way traffic has now resumed on the new bridge.
In a meantime, Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis said that there were 2 parallel bridges, one is new and one constructed during British era. The old one got collapsed.
The minister also added that primary reason seems to be high pressure caused due to flooding of river Savitri due to heavy rains in catchment of Mahabaleshwar.
“The bridge which collapsed was constructed during the British era. One eyewitness said 2 cars were washed away. We are trying to confirm the same. The operations are underway. NDRF teams are on their way from Pune,” Raigad Collector Sheetal Ugale said.
“After talking to NHAI, the traffic has been moved to the new bridge which has been built parallel to the damaged bridge,” Sheetal added.