Mumbai bridge collapse kills six

Nellie Chapman
March 15, 2019

The deck of a foot overbridge on DN Road connected to CSMT station collapsed Thursday evening, killing six persons and injuring 33.

Five of the dead have been identified as Apoorwa Prabhu (35), Ranjana Tambe (40), Zaheer Siraj Khan (32), Bhakti Shinde (40) and Tapendra Singh (35). The bridge connects the area near the Times of India building with the iconic Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus railway station. The injured have been moved to St George and GT hospital.

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

Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Friday said that he has directed the municipal commissioner to do an initial investigation into the latest bridge collapse near CST in Mumbai.

More people were not affected as, according to a witness, a nearby traffic signal was red, because of which several motorists were waiting and were saved when the overbridge collapsed. Mumbai Police has also tweeted in this regard and has advised commuters to use alternate routes.

There was a heavy noise and cries of people who had fallen from the bridge.

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"Strictest action should be taken against the engineer who declared this bridge as safe and he should be arrested right now".

Another eyewitness said the overbridge was being used despite repairs being carried out this morning. He said the concerned authorities will probe the bridge wasn't closed until work was done. "The civic body had stated that (such) an audit was going on", said the official. The rescue operations are underway and senior police officers have reached the spot. "Railway doctors and personnel are cooperating with BMC in relief and rescue operations", reports quoted Ministry of Railways as saying.

The death toll has jumped to 4 in the FOB collapse outside CST railway station. "He is responsible for the entire disaster".

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

"This incident puts a question mark over the competence of engineers and structural auditors who inspected bridges in Mumbai". While the government, which had ordered the survey of all bridges across the state, had directed the agencies to finish the work within three months, the exercise was delayed. Some minor damage was detected which was yet to be repaired, he told reporters.

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