Mumbai: Iron mesh of Metro rail work falls on BEST bus in Kandivali, commuters unhurt

Mumbai: The iron mesh of an under-construction pillar erected for the ongoing elevated Metro rail work fell on a BEST bus in Kandivali on Thursday afternoon.  While no passengers were hurt in the mishap, the bus roof got damaged.

According to eye-witnesses, the iron mesh fell on the roof of the BEST bus number 718 near Thakur Complex on Western Express Highway at around 12.30 pm. The bus was to ferry commuters from Dindoshi to Bhayander. “The bus was on its way when the mesh fell. Commuters were present in the bus but fortunately no one got injured,” said a BEST spokesperson. The commuters alighted from the bus immediately. An onlooker said there was a panic for a while.

The bus was cleared from the road in a few hours. But the clearing work also led to a traffic snarl. The incident happened underneath the Kandivali flyover where there is only one lane traffic towards Borivali since the other is taken up for Metro work. At present, work on the Dahisar East-Andheri East Metro-7 corridor is being carried out on the Western Express Highway near Kandivali. The 33.5 km partially-elevated corridor is expected to be ready by mid-2019.

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