Mumbai bridge collapse: ‘Recent audit found Mum bridge sturdy’

Leroy Wright
March 15, 2019

Inquiry will be done. "The action should be taken against the engineer whosoever had done the audit of this bridge and given the safety certificate".

He also announced an ex-gratia compensation of Rs 5 Lakh each to the families of those who died in the incident and compensation of Rs 50,000 each to the injured.

The death toll has jumped to 4 in the FOB collapse outside CST railway station.

"Foot over bridge connecting CST platform 1 north end with B T Lane near Times of India building has collapsed". While six injured were admitted to the nearby St George hospital, 10 were shifted to the GT hospital, he said.

Mumbai police have issued directions for traffic diversions, asking commuters to avoid CSMT and Crawford Market road.

The spot of the accident, located near the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) headquarters, is a very busy junction and traffic has been affected. "The dust and cries of the victims filled us with fear and we soon realised that a bridge has fallen".

A case has been registered against officials of Central Railway and the BMC in connection with the incident, police said.

Meanwhile, the political blamegame has begun and the opposition parties are training gun at the CM Fadnavis-led government in Maharashtra. And that "it required minor repairs for which work was underway". Some motorists who were driving under the bridge when it collapsed were among the injured, the Press Trust of India news agency reported.

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

"The slab of the FOB collapsed at around 7.30pm". Railways and BMC will conduct an inquiry into its maintenance.

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. At least 6 killed in the bridge collapse incident, around 36 people are injured in the incident. Famous cricketer Sachin Tendulkar also took to Twitter and prayed for those who were injured in the bridge collapse.

The reason behind the collapse of the bridge is yet to be ascertained, but the bridge was an old one.

Fire brigade and disaster management officials reached the spot and carried out rescue operations.

The foot overbridge connects the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus with the Azad Maidan police station.

"Deeply saddened to learn about the #MumbaiBridgCollapse where several people are still reportedly trapped", Mr. Surjewala tweeted.

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.

In the first budget proposed after the Elphinstone Road station stampede, highest allocation was made for foot overbridges in the city.

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