Mumbai footbridge collapse kills five and injures dozens

At least five killed after pedestrian bridge collapse in Mumbai

At least five persons were killed and another 30 injured, including some critically, when a portion of an overhead pedestrian bridge outside the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus came crashing down on Thursday evening.

The Ministry of Railways have said that the collapsed footover bridge was constructed and owned by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). The bridge was said to be under fix, but was still in use.

Following the July 2018 incident, the railways had ordered audit of 445 bridge structures crossing the railway tracks in Mumbai.

Rescue work in progress after a foot overbridge near CSMT station collapsed in south Mumbai Thursday March 14 2019. | PTI
Rescue work in progress after a foot overbridge near CSMT station collapsed in south Mumbai Thursday March 14 2019. | PTI

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh each to the family of the deceased and said a high-level committee will probe the circumstances under which the 40-year-old overbridge collapsed.

"I have sought a custody of documents related to the structural audit".

The 35 feet bridge connects CST railway station's platform No1 with BT Lane near the Times of India Building and the Anjuman-e-Islam School and was used by thousands of passengers bustling to catch local trains on Central Railway and the Harbour Line daily. If the structural auditor found that the new tiles are heavy and are affecting the stability of the bridge, he should have brought it to our notice.

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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.

Charges will be framed against the officers accordingly, the official added.

Another eyewitness said most of the victims were walking on the overbridge on their way to the CST station when it collapsed.

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Traffic between CSMT and Crawford Market has been affected. Mumbai South MP and Shiv Sena leader Arvind Sawant said a part of the FOB collapsed due to a "minor defect". At least 6 killed in the bridge collapse incident, around 36 people are injured in the incident. "People took it to go to the "killa court" (chief metropolitan magistrate's court), Crawford market, the police commissioner's office, GT Hospital and other nearby places". The casualty count is feared to rise further, said an official.

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