Monday, 25 March, 2019


Footover Bridge at CSMT near Times of India building collapses

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At least six persons were killed and 33 others injured after a portion of the concrete slab of a key foot over bridge (FOB) connecting Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) to a school on the busy Dadabhai Naoroji Road in south Mumbai collapsed on Thursday at around 7.35 pm. Police have barricaded the place to ensure free-movement for rescue workers, whereas, the injured personnel are being rushed to the hospital.

On the other hand, former Union Minister Milind Deora said it was absolutely unacceptable that the bridge collapsed just six months after a structural audit and demanded a case of murder be lodged against the BMC officials responsible for this negligence. He said action will be taken against the firm that conducted the structural audit of the bridge.

The bridge, which was under fix according to multiple Indian media reports, gave way around 7:30pm (14:00 GMT) on Thursday as rush hour commuters made their way into Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus.

The bridge, which connected the area near the Times of India building with the iconic Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus railway station station, was commonly called "Kasab bridge" as the 26/11 Mumbai attack terrorist passed through it during the strike.

The Railway Ministry said that the bridge belonged to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), but the Ministry is extending all support to the victims.

"In an unfortunate incident, a portion of a foot overbridge (FOB) over road outside CSMT station collapsed". "Mumbaikars feel very unsafe in the city, considering the frequent incidents of bridge collapses", the former MP said.

"Pained to hear about the foot over bridge incident near TOI building in Mumbai". Even after that if such an incident happened, it raises a question on the audit.

BJP leader and Maharashtra minister Vinod Tawde said that maintenance work of the bridge was underway. Commuters have been advised to take the alternate routes to their destinations. Fire engines and an ambulance were also at the site.

"Deeply saddened to learn about the #MumbaiBridgCollapse where several people are still reportedly trapped", Mr. Surjewala tweeted.

Tawde meanwhile said an enquiry into the collapse would be conducted by the Railways and the BMC. Injured persons are being shifted to hospitals. "This is the failure of the government and the system", he added. Railway Minister Piyush Goyal had then announced a joint safety audit of all 445 bridges in Mumbai. At around 7:30 pm, the commuters were on their way back to the home when suddenly, a part of the bridge fell down. Following the mishap, the civic body made a decision to undertake a structural audit of all the bridges in the city.

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