Thursday, 21 March, 2019

Mumbai bridge collapse kills four

As bridge swayed youth pushed father to safety — and then fell to his death At least five killed after pedestrian bridge collapse in Mumbai
Steven Clarke | 15 March, 2019, 06:02

Five people, including three women, were killed and over 30 injured after major portion of a foot overbridge near a busy train station in south Mumbai collapsed on Thursday evening, officials said. Police have barricaded the place to ensure free-movement for rescue workers, whereas, the injured personnel are being rushed to the hospital.

However, State Congress Chief Ashok Chavan had earlier tweeted: "Shocked to hear about the tragedy in which many people lost their Iives due to Footover Bridge collapse at CSMT".

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

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh each to the family of the deceased and said a high-level committee will probe the circumstances under which the 40-year-old over-bridge collapsed.

"Deeply anguished by the loss of lives due to the foot overbridge accident in Mumbai".

Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed deep anguish over the deaths and said the Maharashtra government is providing all possible assistance to all those affected. "The bridge was under the ambit of BMC (Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation)". The bridge wasn't in a bad condition, it required minor repairs for which work was underway.

ANI reported that senior police officers and the fire brigade, as well as ambulances, were rushed to the location.

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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.

"The slab of the FOB collapsed at around 7.30pm. Action will be initiated against the responsible officials".

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

He offered condolences to the families of the victims and expressed hope that the administration will take swift action and provide urgent medical help to injured. "This is the failure of the government and the system", he added. "He is responsible for the entire disaster". "Even after that if such incident happened, it raises question on the audit". It is a public FOB, and not a railway FOB. "Railway traffic is not affected", Central Railway PRO AK Jain said, in a statement.

The CSMT bridge, near the landmark Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, was built in 1984. An audit was conducted and some of the bridges in the city were closed. As part of the survey, a structural audit of 344 bridges was undertaken.

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

Out of these, 47 bridges are taken on priority.

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