Footover bridge near CST railway station collapses; 3 deaths reported

Clay Curtis
March 15, 2019

The deceased have been identified as Apoorva Prabhu (35), Ranjana Tambe (40) and Zahid Shiraj Khan (32).

Four people have been killed and dozens wounded when a pedestrian bridge collapsed near Mumbai's main train station, the latest accident to highlight creaking infrastructure in India's financial capital. Mr Fadnavis was speaking to reporters after visiting some of the injured at St Georges Hospital. Commuters have been advised to take the alternate routes to their destinations. "Senior officers are on spot", Mumbai police had tweeted at 7.46 pm.

The bridge, which was under fix according to multiple Indian media reports, gave way around 7.30 pm (1400 GMT) on Thursday as rush hour commuters made their way into Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus.

The Congress on Thursday held the Bharatiya Janata Party governments in Maharashtra and at Centre responsible for the collapse of a foot overbridge in Mumbai. Some motorists who were driving under the bridge when it collapsed were among the injured, the Press Trust of India news agency reported. Before the signal turned green, the bridge came down along with people on it.

A team of the National Disaster Response Force has rushed to the accident site. "Strict action will be initiated if negligence is found".

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Maharashtra Cabinet Minister Vinod Tawde said that the bridge wasn't 100 per cent hazardous and the municipal corporation had made some recommendations to fix the bridge. He said the concerned authorities will probe the bridge wasn't closed until work was done. Police reached the spot within five minutes and fire brigade vehicles reached within next 8-10 minutes and rescue operations started immediately.

Police registered cases against Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and Indian Railway officials charging them with culpable homicide.

On July 3, 2018, a portion of the Gokhale Road bridge linking Andheri East and West gave way and collapsed, falling on the tracks of Andheri railway.

In July a year ago, portion of a road over-bridge had collapsed in suburban Andheri. "Railway traffic is not affected", Central Railway PRO AK Jain said, in a statement.

When contacted, the municipal commissioner and additional municipal commissioner were unavailable for comments.The bridge was constructed by BMC in 1988. As part of the survey, a structural audit of 344 bridges was undertaken.

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