Five dead, 36 injured in foot bridge collapse in Mumbai

Posted March 16, 2019

Fadnavis was speaking to reporters after meeting the injured in St George's Hospital nearby.

Mehta also ordered a probe against them and a departmental inquiry against two retired chief engineers of the BMC. Thousands of Central and Harbour line commuters use the bridge daily to enter CSMT.

The traffic has been closed on both bounds between CST junction and JJ Flyover till further orders. Authorities asked commuters to use alternate routes. Fortunately, no vehicles passing under the FOB were trapped.

The bridge near VT Station, just a stone throw away from Anjuman e Islam Campus, collapsed at the time when a large number of people reach the railway station to catch trains back home after day's work. The removal of the collapsed bridge's steel frame began on Friday. "Railway doctors & personnel are cooperating with BMC in relief & rescue operations", Ministry of Railways said.

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A team of the National Disaster Response Force has rushed to the accident site. The actor tweeted that he is perturbed after getting to know about the news of the bridge collapse.

Part of a 40-year-old bridge at the Andheri station collapsed amid heavy rain in July last year and five people were injured.

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

Arvind Sawant, the local Shiv Sena MP, said, "This bridge was under minor-repairing after the audit of all bridges in the city".

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The incident occurred at around 7.30 pm today when suddenly a part of the foot bridge collapsed leaving many injured and five people dead. He added that the state government would provide for their treatment. "Action will be initiated against the responsible officials". "Nobody will be spared and those responsible will be punished", he said. He further said, "Weeks before an audit of the bridge took place in 2018, the BMC changed the tiles at the bridge".

"During that audit, 354 bridges were checked for their structural soundness".

Out of these, 47 bridges are taken on priority.

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