Foot over bridge near VT Railway Station in Mumbai collapses

Lester Mason
March 15, 2019

A foot overbridge leading into the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus collapsed on Thursday, killing five people and injuring several. The injured have been taken to hospital.

The state's education minister, Vinod Tawde, said an audit of the bridge's safety was carried out previous year. "If found guilty, the auditors and engineers responsible will be charged with culpable homicide". "My deepest condolences to the families of innocent victims of this bad tragedy". Railway Minister Piyush Goyal had then announced a joint safety audit of all 445 bridges in Mumbai.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also expressed his anger in his tweet where he wished for the injured ones to get recovered at the earliest.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi offered condolences to the families of those killed in the incident and prayed speedy recovery to the injured. "The bridge was under the ambit of BMC (Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation)".

The major repairs of 223 bridges in the city began after the audit, while 176 bridges are under minor repairs. He said action will be taken against the firm that conducted the structural audit of the bridge.

Shiv Sena leader Arvind Sawant told reporters that the BMC was maintaining the bridge. Whoever is responsible will not be spared. Following the mishap, the civic body chose to undertake a structural audit of all the bridges in the city. What was the status of this bridge?

The bridge connects to one of Mumbai's biggest local stations, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, which was the site of a militant attack in 2008, and is used by tens of thousands of commuters each day.

The victims included three women - Apoorva Prabhu, 35, Ranjana Tambe, 40, and Bhakti Shinde, 40. "Few minutes later, we saw almost 15 people severely injured after having fallen from the bridge", he said. They are all residents of Dombivali and were on the way to the hospital to report for their night shift.

The incident - the third footbridge collapse in the city in the last 18 months - occurred around 7.35 the bridge was reportedly overloaded with commuters hurrying to their homes, the BMC Disaster Control said.

"Foot over bridge connecting CST platform 1 north end with B T Lane near Times of India building has collapsed". All the injured have been admitted to nearby hospitals, a disaster management cell official said. Traffic affected. Commuters to use alternate routes. Police along with fire brigade have reached the spot and rescue work has begun.

The accident came nearly two years after at least 22 people died in a rush hour stampede that broke out on a crowded pedestrian bridge connecting two railway stations in central Mumbai in 2017. It is a public FOB.

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