Mumbai bridge collapse: What has happened so far

Cheryl Sanders
March 15, 2019

The collapse of a foot overbridge (FOB) outside the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) on Thursday was the second such incident in nine months in the city.

#WATCH Mumbai: A foot over bridge near Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) railway station has collapsed. Injured persons are being shifted to hospitals.

Mumbai bridge collapse: What has happened so far

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

"I am saddened on hearing the news of the Mumbai foot overbridge collapse".

A picture from the accident site (see below) showed that a large section of the floor of the bridge had collapsed. Authorities asked commuters to use alternate routes. Before the signal turned green, the bridge came down along with people on it. BJP MLA Raj Purohit has demanded stern action against the audit team which failed to take precautionary action.

An audit of the bridge's safety was carried out previous year, said Maharashtra state Education Minister Vinod Tawde. Meanwhile, a CR official said granite had been placed in 2018 on the bridge near CSMT during maintenance work, making the structure heavy. The casualty count is feared to rise further, said an official. While the Railway Ministry said the FOB was under Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), Shiv Sena leader Anil Desai junked the claim.

The accident comes nearly two years after 23 people died in a crush on a narrow overcrowded footbridge at Prabhadevi station in the centre of the city in September 2017. He added that the "bridge wasn't in a bad condition". "He is responsible for the entire disaster", he said.

The tragedy comes eight months after another bridge collapsed in suburban Andheri, in which five persons were killed.

"I have ordered a high-level inquiry into this unfortunate incident which puts a question mark over the authenticity of the structural audit of bridges carried out across the city", he added. "They should be prosecuted and blacklisted", Galgali said. "Railway traffic is not affected", Central Railway PRO AK Jain said, in a statement. Over two years, contractors appointed by the municipality had audited all the 314 bridges, subways and skywalks in Mumbai. Following the mishap, the civic body chose to undertake a structural audit of all the bridges in the city. And that "it required minor repairs for which work was underway".

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