March 19, 2019

Foot overbridge collapses near Mumbai's CSMT station, 5 killed

15 March 2019, 06:02 | Devin Moran

At least five killed after pedestrian bridge collapse in Mumbai

Injured men lie on a road after a footbridge collapsed in Mumbai

Injured persons are being shifted to hospitals.

"It is unfortunate. I have ordered for a high level inquiry".

In a statement, the Ministry of Railways had earlier stressed that it was not responsible for the bridge maintenance. Inquiry will be done.

"Strictest action should be taken against the engineer who declared this bridge as safe and he should be arrested right now".

CM Devendra Fadnavis announced ex-gratia of Rs 5 Lakh each will be given to the families of those who died in the incident and compensation of Rs 50,000 each will be given to the injured, state govt will provide for their treatment.

As per latest reports, an FIR has been being registered against concerned officials of Central Railway and BMC under section 304A (Causing death by negligence) of IPC at the Azaad Maidan Police Station.

The bridge which connected the area near the Times of India building with the iconic CSMT station was commonly known as "Kasab bridge" as the 26/11 Mumbai attack terrorist passed through it during the terror strike. Commuters have been asked to use alternate routes. "Senior officers are on spot", Mumbai police had tweeted at 7.46 pm.

"The bridge was of BMC (Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation)". "The dust and cries of the victims filled us with fear and we soon realised that a bridge has fallen". "Railway doctors and personnel are cooperating with BMC in relief and rescue operations", the Ministry of Railways added.

Injured people are rushed to an ambulance after a footbridge collapsed in Mumbai
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An eyewitness said the over-bridge was being used by pedestrians even as fix works were ongoing. The actor tweeted that he is perturbed after getting to know about the news of the bridge collapse.

Tawde meanwhile said an enquiry into the collapse would be conducted by the Railways and the BMC.

Arvind Sawant, the local Shiv Sena MP, said, "This bridge was under minor-repairing after the audit of all bridges in the city". He also added that a structural audit of the bridge had earlier been done and it was found to be fit but the incident raises a question on the audit. Two of the injured people are in critical condition.

Prabhu and Tambe were staff members of the G T Hospital, an official said. The fire brigade team has reached the spot and rescue operation is underway.

The bridge collapsed at 7.30pm local time (14:00 GMT) as commuters were entering Chhatrapati Shivaji station.

The death toll has climbed to 4 now, with at least 34 others reported to be injured.

There are at least two hospitals close to the place of the mishap because of which the casualties could be low and the injured can get fast medical assistance.

Mr Fadnavis clarified that a safety audit was carried out on the CSMT bridge six months ago, after the Andheri bridge collapse previous year. An audit was conducted and some of the bridges in the city were closed.

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