Five dead, 36 injured in foot bridge collapse in Mumbai

Mumbai pedestrian bridge

At least five persons died and over 30 injured after a foot overbridge collapsed on Thursday near Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) railway station in Mumbai.

Thousands of commuters have used the 39-year-old bridge daily to reach Mumbai's bustling Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus railway station.

The incident, which took place in the evening, saw a slab of the bridge collapse, killing six people and injuring 31.

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Fadnavis was speaking to reporters after meeting the injured in St George's Hospital nearby.

According to Indian media, two of those killed are women and use to work at the GT Hospital, where 10 of the injured people have been shifted. Traffic affected. Commuters are requested to use alternate routes. "Senior officers are on spot", Mumbai police said.

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. "The civic body had stated that (such) an audit was going on", said the official. The bridge wasn't in a bad condition, it required minor repairs for which work was underway. Raiz Parmar, a hawker at the station, who brought one of the injured in the hospital, said, "The father and son duo were walking below the bridge when the bridge collapsed".

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Meanwhile, Mumbai BJP leader Sanju Verma said the bridge collapse was a "natural calamity".

"The bridge was of BMC (Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation)". Some motorists who were passing beneath the bridge when it came down, were among those injured. The team that audited the bridge structures included foot overbridges (FOB) and road overbridges (ROB) in the city over the railway tracks. "He is responsible for the entire disaster". "I have been pursuing the issue of this unsafe bridge for long and also wrote so many letters to officials but they were ignored".

The Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis said he was "pained" to hear about the incident.

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The collapse will be jointly probed by BMC and Central Railways, said Vinod Tawde, District Guardian Minister of Mumbai. The report of the Andheri bridge collapse had revealed failure on part of both the WR and BMC.

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