At least five killed after pedestrian bridge collapse in Mumbai

Mumbai bridge collapse Civic body says ‘irresponsible structural audit’ failed to highlight flaws

At least six people were killed and 32 injured as a major portion of a foot overbridge near the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) railway station in Mumbai collapsed on Thursday evening.

According to news agency PTI, the bridge was commonly known as "Kasab bridge" after the 26/11 Mumbai attack terrorist passed through it during the terror attacks. At least five persons were killed and over 30 injured in the overbridge collapse, officials said.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation's preliminary report about the collapse of a foot overbridge in Mumbai on Thursday has attributed the incident to an "irresponsible structural audit", The Times of India reported. The injured have been shifted to St George Hospital and GT Hospital. Commuters have been advised to take the alternate routes to their destinations. "Senior officers are on spot", Mumbai police had tweeted at 7.46 pm.

That collapse, at Mumbai's Elphinstone Road railway station, had left 23 people dead.

Raiz Parmar, a hawker at the station, who brought one of the injured in the hospital, said, "The father and son duo were walking below the bridge when the bridge collapsed".

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"The injured persons will get ~50,000 each and the government will bear the cost of their treatment", Fadnavis said, adding that officials found responsible for the incident will be booked. According to some reports, the bridge collapsed even though it was marked "fit to use" only six months ago after an audit. On July 3, 2018 a pedestrian pathway of Gokhale bridge had come crashing on the railway tracks at Andheri railway station. "He should be arrested right now". As part of the survey, a structural audit of 344 bridges was undertaken. The casualty count is feared to rise further, said an official.

Tawde meanwhile said an enquiry into the collapse would be conducted by the Railways and the BMC.

In a post on Twitter, India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he was "deeply anguished" by the accident and assured assistance to victims in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-ruled state of Maharashtra.

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

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