At least six people were killed and 31 injured after a major portion of a foot overbridge near the Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus Railway station collapsed Thursday evening. The injured have been taken to hospital, officials said.
The state's education minister, Vinod Tawde, said an audit of the bridge's safety was carried out a year ago. There is a severe case of negligence, if after a structural audit that has declared the bridge fit.
Maharashtra Chief MinisterDevendra 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.
The Ministry of Railways have said that the collapsed footover bridge was constructed and owned by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).
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. He added that Railways along with the municipal corporation will conduct a joint-investigation regarding the accident.
Sources said the casualty is likely to go up as some of the injured are in serious condition. "Senior officers are on spot", Mumbai Police tweeted.
Five injured as footover bridge collapses in Mumbai
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. "Mumbaikars feel very unsafe in the city, considering the frequent incidents of bridge collapses", the former MP said.
The incident - the third footbridge collapse in the city in the last 18 months - occurred around 7.35 p.m.as the bridge was reportedly overloaded.
"This incident puts a question mark over the competence of engineers and structural auditors who inspected bridges in Mumbai".
"Foot over bridge connecting CSMT platform 1 north end with BT Lane near Times of India building has collapsed". Commuters have been advised to take the alternate routes to their destinations.
Four fire brigade vehicles and two ambulances have reached the spot for rescue operations. Railways and BMC will conduct an inquiry into its maintenance. Atleast 34 people have been injured, 4 people have died and several are feared to be trapped under the debris. The injured have been admitted to St George Hospital. "This is failure of the government and the system", he added. After the railway bridge collapse, the audit was ordered of all such bridges.
The bridge, which falls within the Mata Ramabai Ambedkar Marg Police Station, is just two minutes walk from the BMC headquarter.
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