Live: Major bridge on Mumbai-Goa highway collapses due to heavy rains; rescue operation underway

Live Updates: Major bridge on Mumbai-Goa highway collapses, rescue efforts on-going. A 50 member team of National Disaster Relief Force rushed to the spot.

A major bridge on Mumbai-Goa Highway linking Mahad and Poladpur collapsed in the early hours of Wednesday, affecting the vehicular traffic.

Though the one way traffic is now resumed on the new bridge, there are unconfirmed reports of vehicles that have fallen in Savitri river.

District administration officials have been rushed to the spot for rescue and immediate measures.

Taking to micro-blogging site, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said, “​Spoke to Raigad SP & Collector about bridge collapse on Mumbai-Goa highway. Administration has rushed to spot for rescue and immediate measures.”

He further added, “There were two parallel bridges: One is a new bridge and one constructed during the British era. The old one got collapsed. The primary reason seems to be the high pressure caused due to flooding of river Savitri due to heavy rains in catchment of Mahabaleshwar,”

The Chief Minister also said that there is no confirmed assessment, adding, “Administration will ensure speedy rescue & relief operations.”

“All machinery at work, but we are not in a position to comment on casualties,” reported ANI quoting Raigad SP Suvez Haque.

Meanwhile, NDRF has sent one team comprising of 50 men for relief operations, NDRF DG told ANI.