Footover Bridge at CSMT near Times of India building collapses

Frederick Owens
March 15, 2019

The foot overbridge (FOB) connecting Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus railway station to the opposite pavement that flanks the Times of India building collapsed on Thursday evening.

The deceased were identified as Apoorva Prabhu (35), Ranjana Tambe (40), Bhakti Shinde (40), Zahid Shiraj Khan (32) and T Singh (35), said police spokesperson Manjunath Shinge.

Four people have been killed and dozens wounded when a pedestrian bridge collapsed near Mumbai's main train station, the latest accident to highlight creaking infrastructure in India's financial capital.

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

It is also referred to as the "Kasab bridge" as the 26/11 Mumbai attack terrorist passed through it. At least 6 killed in the bridge collapse incident, around 36 people are injured in the incident. Mumbai Police has also tweeted in this regard and has advised commuters to use alternate routes.

Since it was peak traffic time, there were several people on the bridge as well as under it.

At least five killed after pedestrian bridge collapse in Mumbai

Officials said that in the structural audit, the bridge at CST that collapsed on Thursday had been marked as "fit" and had only been recommended for "minor repairs". Witnesses said there were rumours of the old bridge collapsing which caused panic and chaos.

Local Shiv Sena corporator Sujata Sanap said she had alerted officials about the structure, but they did not act in time.

The city police has lodged an FIR against BMC officials and railway authorities, while Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has ordered the Municipal Commissioner to probe the reasons behind the mishap. "He is responsible for the entire disaster". 3 July 2018 - Andheri Bridge Collapse.

Social activist Anil Galgali demanded that all the bridges, inspected by the engineers who had declared the ill-fated bridge as safe, be re-inspected. "Railway traffic is not affected", Central Railway PRO AK Jain said, in a statement.

Additional Municipal Commissioner of the BMC, Vijay Singhal, said the remaining portion of the damaged bridge is being dismantled manually. Following the mishap, the civic body made a decision to undertake a structural audit of all the bridges in the city.

Out of these, 47 bridges are taken on priority.

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