Navi Mumbai: Cops want steel nets to prevent suicides at old Vashi bridge

In view of the rising cases of suicide attempts from the old Vashi bridge, officials from the Vashi police station are mulling writing to the Public Works Department to take preventive measures soon.

PWD officials say nearly 100 people have tried to commit suicide by jumping into the sea from the old bridge (right) in the last two years
PWD officials say nearly 100 people have tried to commit suicide by jumping into the sea from the old bridge (right) in the last two years

According to the police, the bridge has become a suicide hotspot because of the sparse vehicular movement on it. It has been learnt that the officials are planning to suggest that the PWD install steel nets along the railings to make it difficult for persons with suicidal tendencies to climb them.

“Installation of steel nets will make it difficult for people with suicidal tendencies to climb the railing and jump into the sea,” said Ram Pathare, senior inspector, Vashi Police station. Last month, three persons attempted suicide by jumping off the bridge in a span of a week. Local fishermen rescued all of them.

“Security guards do patrol the area around the bridge, but it is impossible to station a boat near the bridge for an entire day, as the water level keeps changing due to the tides. Suggestions will be made to the PWD to install CCTV cameras on the bridge,” Pathare said.

Suicide point

>> PWD officials stationed near the bridge said that nearly 100 people have attempted to commit suicide by jumping off the old bridge in the last two years. Two of these were reported dead

>> On February 17, a 19-year-old boy from Sion jumped from the bridge and was saved by local fishermen

>> On the eve of Valentine’s Day, a 22-year-old woman jumped into the sea following a failed relationship. Local fishermen rescued her

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