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

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

The collapse of the foot overbridge near Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus railway station is the latest accident that raises concerns over the city's stressed infrastructure.

Witnesses said there were rumours of the old bridge collapsing which caused panic and chaos. According to some reports, the bridge collapsed even though it was marked "fit to use" only six months ago after an audit. He further said, "Weeks before an audit of the bridge took place in 2018, the BMC changed the tiles at the bridge".

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis declares ₹5 lakh for the families of people who lost their lives while the injured will get ₹50,000. As part of the survey, a structural audit of 344 bridges was undertaken. He said action will be taken against the firm that conducted the structural audit of the bridge. "In spite of commissioning the report on the bridge and spending public money on it, the true condition of the bridge was not highlighted".

The bridge which connected the area near the Times of India building with the iconic CSMT station was commonly known as "Kasab bridge" after the 26/11 Mumbai attack terrorist passed through it during the terror attacks. Five people were injured in the bridge collapse out of which 2 are critical. Mumbai South MP and Shiv Sena leader Arvind Sawant said a part of the FOB collapsed due to a "minor defect".

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The traffic on the busy route has been affected and commuters have been advised to use alternate routes. The bridge was a connection of CSMT's Platform Number One and the footpath near Times of India building. Two people were killed while five others were injured in that incident.

A day after a bridge collapsed in Mumbai killing six people, the BMC, Mumbai's civic body, suspended two engineers and ordered a full-fledged departmental enquiry against them.

She further said, "To prevent such incidents in the future, it is important that elected representatives are held to account, not just some junior officers".

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