Footover bridge collapse near CSMT railway station five dead & 36 injured

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Footover bridge collapses in Mumbai:At least five people were killed and 36 injured after a major portion of a footover bridge near the iconic Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus Railway station collapsed Thursday evening, reports said.

Mumbai:MNN:Footover bridge collapses in Mumbai was under repair but it was still in use.

A big slab of the footver bridge came crashing at around 7.20 pm due to which several pedestrians were injured, ANI said.

The collapse took place in the busiest hours of the evening, when footfall was at its highest.

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The Railway Ministry has said the overbridge was under the control of Mumbai’s civic body,

the Brihanmumbai Corporation – Sena MLA Anil Desai has denied the claim.

State minister Vinod Tawde said both Railways and the civic body would investigate the matter.

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Mumbai Police, Fire Brigade and other rescue agencies reached the spot,

And immediately evacuated those buried under the rubble and shifted them to hospitals.

Five of the injured later succumbed to their injuries.

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The deceased included Apoorva Prabhu (35), Ranjana Tambe (40), Zahid Shiraj Khan (32), Sarika kulkarni (35) and Tapendra Singh (35).

Of the three deceased women, two were the staff of GT Hospital.

All the injured have been rushed to nearby hospitals, a disaster management cell official said.

The bridge connected the area near The Times of India building with the iconic CSMT station.

Some motorists who were passing beneath the bridge when it came down, were among those injured, he added.

While six injured were admitted to the nearby St George hospital, 10 were shifted to the GT hospital, he said.

Fire brigade personnel reached the spot immediately and rescue work is in full swing.

We have appealed the motorists to avoid the DN road to JJ flyover section,” he said.

Maharashtra minister Vinod Tawde said that the railway and BMC will conduct a joint enquiry of the incident.

“There were minor damages in the bridge and the maintenance was going on,

why the bridge was not closed during this period will be part of the enquiry,” he added.

After footover bridge collapse, a blame game started,

with the Congress demanding fixing of accountability for the tragedy.

“This is a very unfortunate incident.

Every time when such incidents occur, discussions are held but again the same thing is repeated.

There is utmost corruption in local bodies.

Investigations must be done and concerned people must be held accountable,”

said Congress spokesperson Priyanka Chaturvedi.

“Government should act against the structural auditors who had given this bridge a safety certificate.

FIR must be lodged under Section 302 of IPC,” said Congress leader Milind Deora.

BJP leader and MLA Raj Purohit said,

“This incident should not have happened and people shouldn’t have lost lives.

They must be arrested and punished.

After the railway bridge collapse, the audit was ordered of all such bridges.

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The action should be taken against the engineer whosoever had done the audit of this bridge and given the safety certificate.”

Shiv Sena leader Arvind Sawant told reporters that the BMC was maintaining the bridge.

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“During the audit, ‘minor repairing’ was consulted for this bridge.

Whoever consulted minor repairing will have to be investigated.”

The Railway Ministry said that the bridge belonged to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation,

but the Ministry is extending all support to the victims.

Footover bridge collapse; “Railway doctors and personnel are cooperating with BMC in relief and rescue operations,” informed Railways.

The bridge, which falls within the Mata Ramabai Ambedkar Marg Police Station,

is just two minutes walk from the BMC headquarter.

Information about the injured and the victims can be availed from the BMC Disaster Management Number +919833806409

With inputs from agencies

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