Published: Fri, March 15, 2019
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

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

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

At least 30 people have been injured, according to Indian media. Injured persons are being shifted to hospitals. He said action will be taken against the firm that conducted the structural audit of the bridge.

"This incident puts a question mark over the competence of engineers and structural auditors who inspected bridges in Mumbai". Inquiry will be done.

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.

The bridge, which connected the area near the Times of India building with the iconic Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus railway station, was commonly called "Kasab bridge" as the 26/11 Mumbai attack terrorist passed through it during the strike.

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 injured have been rushed to the St. George Hospital and G. T. Hospital, besides Sion Hospital, said officials. Trafic affected. Commuters to use alternate routes.

After the two previous tragedies, the BMC, the Railways and other agencies had carried out a survey of all new and old railway bridges, flyovers, and foot over bridges, to ascertain any dangers and take preventive measures. However, we're extending all our supports to the victims. Railway Minister Piyush Goyal expressed "sincere condolences to the family of the victims" and said the railway doctors and personnel are assisting the local authorities grapple with the tragedy.

An eyewitness said the over-bridge was being used by pedestrians even as fix works were ongoing.

The collapse will be jointly probed by BMC and Central Railways, said Vinod Tawde, District Guardian Minister of Mumbai.

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"A slab of the bridge had collapsed". Railways and BMC will conduct an inquiry into its maintenance. Mumbai South MP and Shiv Sena leader Arvind Sawant said a part of the FOB collapsed due to a "minor defect".

Four fire brigade vehicles and two ambulances have reached the spot for rescue operations.

Work on removing the debris was on in full swing and the traffic was expected to be restored on the D. N. Road towards north Mumbai shortly, an official said.

He added that the injured will also be given compensation and all of their medical costs would be covered.

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The part of the bridge at Cama Hospital end collapsed and at least 34 people were admitted to the hospital after the incident. "An NDRF team has been moved from Andheri center", NDRF said.

"In an unfortunate incident, a portion of a foot overbridge (FOB) over road outside CSMT station collapsed. This is failure of the government and the system", he added.

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