Footover Bridge at CSMT near Times of India building collapses

Mumbai Municipal Commissioner Ajoy Mehta on day suspended two civic engineers in connection with Thursday's foot overbridge collapse which claimed six lives

Mumbai Municipal Commissioner Ajoy Mehta on day suspended two civic engineers in connection with Thursday's foot overbridge collapse which claimed six lives

At least five people including 2 women were killed and 32 were injured after a portion of a foot over bridge collapsed near the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) railway station in Mumbai on Thursday.

The foot over bridge on Mumbai Municipal Corporation side collapsed about 07:45 pm today.

The Mumbai Police, from their official handle, tweeted at 7.46 p.m. saying, "Foot overbridge connecting platform 1 north end with BT 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. Traffic affected. Commuters are requested to use alternate routes.

Prabhu and Tambe were staff members of the G T Hospital, the official said.

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

An excavator was brought in to clear the debris that had blocked the movement of traffic on a busy road in south Mumbai. "Strictest action will be taken".

An audit of the bridge's safety was carried out previous year, said Maharashtra state Education Minister Vinod Tawde.

"A slab of the bridge had collapsed".

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

Some motorists who were passing beneath the bridge when it came down, were among those injured, he added. An NDRF team from Regional Response Centre (RRC) is at the site conducting search and rescue operations.

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said he was "pained" to hear of the tragedy, and spoke to BMC Commissioner Ajoy Mehta and Mumbai Police and instructed them to ensure speedy relief efforts.

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.

BJP leader and Maharashtra minister Vinod Tawde said that maintenance work of the bridge was underway. "He is responsible for the entire disaster", he said.

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

On July 3, 2018, a portion of the Gokhale Road bridge linking Andheri East and West gave way and collapsed, falling on the tracks of Andheri railway. "This is the failure of the government and the system", he added. At around 7:30 pm, the commuters were on their way back to the home when suddenly, a part of the bridge fell down. After the railway bridge collapse, the audit was ordered of all such bridges. An audit was conducted and some of the bridges in the city were closed.

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