Published: Fri, March 15, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Foot over bridge near VT Railway Station in Mumbai collapses

Foot over bridge near VT Railway Station in Mumbai collapses

At least five people including 2 women were killed and 32 were injured after a portion of a foot over bridge collapsed near the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) railway station in Mumbai on Thursday.

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". There is a severe case of negligence, if after a structural audit that has declared the bridge fit.

Maharastra minister Vinod Tawde, who visited the accident site, said "a slab of the bridge had collapsed".

The foot over bridge on Mumbai Municipal Corporation side collapsed about 07:45 pm today.

The spot of the accident, located near the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) headquarters, is a very busy junction and traffic has been affected.

India's public infrastructure projects are substandard and collapse often in part because of corruption that leads to the construction of weak structure foundations and poor maintenance. The bridge wasn't in a bad condition, it required minor repairs for which work was underway. Senior police officers are on the spot, the Mumbai Police said on Twitter.

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.

"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.

An eyewitness said the over-bridge was being used by pedestrians even as fix works were ongoing. Hope administration takes swift action & provides urgent medical help to injured.

Traffic between CSMT and Crawford Market has been affected.

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

Tawde meanwhile said an enquiry into the collapse would be conducted by the Railways and the BMC. The injured have been admitted to St George Hospital. Atleast 34 people have been injured, 4 people have died and several are feared to be trapped under the debris. "This is the failure of the government and the system", he added.

Visuals showed that the middle of the bridge fell onto the road below. 3/7/2018-Andheri Bridge Collapse. Rly Min's tall claims of Audit have failed time and again.

Following the order, the railways, the BMC and the IIT-Bombay had conducted a safety audit.

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