Footover bridge near CST railway station collapses; 3 deaths reported

Footover bridge near CST railway station collapses; 3 deaths reported

Mumbai, March 14: A foot over bridge (FOB) outside the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj (CST) Railway station in Mumbai collapsed on Thursday.

The victims included three women - Apoorva Prabhu, 35, Ranjana Tambe, 40, and Bhakti Shinde, 40.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis issued a statement following the fatal bridge collapse incident outside the CSMT railway station in Mumbai. The injured have been shifted to St George Hospital and GT Hospital. The incident affected traffic in the area and commuters were asked to take alternate routes. "Senior officers are on spot", tweeted Mumbai police. According to reports, the incident occured at around 7.30 pm today as a large portion of the bridge fell down, leaving around 34 people injured and 5 people dead.

A foot overbridge at another Mumbai railway station had collapsed in September 2017. "Mumbaikars feel very unsafe in the city, considering the frequent incidents of bridge collapses", the former MP said.

The tragedy comes eight months after another bridge collapsed in suburban Andheri, in which five persons were killed.

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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".

The CM also said that a high-level committee will probe the circumstances under which the 40-year-old over-bridge collapsed. An NDRF team was also moved to the spot.

Immediately after the pedestrian pathway collapse at Andheri station, Union railway minister Piyush Goyal had ordered an audit of 445 bridge structures that were crossing the railway tracks or were adjacent to it.

Joint commissioner of police (Law and Order) Deven Bharati said the police have registered a case of causing death by negligence against concerned officials of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation and the Railways, The Times of India reported. He added that the "bridge wasn't in a bad condition". "They should be prosecuted and blacklisted", Galgali said. It is a public FOB, and not a railway FOB. Over two years, contractors appointed by the municipality had audited all the 314 bridges, subways and skywalks in Mumbai.

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