At least five killed after pedestrian bridge collapse in Mumbai

At least five killed after pedestrian bridge collapse in Mumbai

At least five killed after pedestrian bridge collapse in Mumbai

Six persons were killed and over 30 injured after a section of a foot overbridge at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus collapsed. All the injured have been admitted to nearby hospitals, a disaster management cell official said.

"Foot over bridge connecting CSMT platform 1 north end with BT Lane near Times of India building has collapsed". Traffic affected. Commuters are requested to use alternate routes. The Mumbai police too opened a parallel probe by registering an FIR. Meanwhile medical superintendent of GT hospital said that out of the two deceased nurses identified as Apoorva Prabhu and Ranjana Tambe, one was going home from the shift and one was coming for the night shift from home.

However, it was only after the Elphinstone Road tragedy which claimed 22 lives and Gokhale Bridge collapse that killed two people in 2018 that the BMC had published the audit report.

The accident comes nearly two years after at least 22 people died after a stampede broke out on a crowded pedestrian bridge connecting two railway stations in central Mumbai in 2017.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who visited the bridge site and met those injured in the incident this morning, had sought a preliminary report from the authorities asking them to "fix primary responsibility" for the mishap. "He should be arrested right now". Railways and BMC will conduct an inquiry into its maintenance.

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Charges will be framed against the officers accordingly, the official added. The removal of the collapsed bridge's steel frame began on Friday.

In a post on Twitter, India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he was "deeply anguished" by the accident and assured assistance to victims in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-ruled state of Maharashtra.

"I am not politicising the issue, but hollow promises are not going to serve the people anyway".

According to an official, the FOB was last repaired in 2010-11 and was constructed around 35 years ago. A team headed by the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)-Bombay conducted audit of the bridges.

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