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Five dead, over 30 hurt as overbridge collapses near Mumbais CST

15 March 2019

Six people were killed and 33 injured after a portion of a foot overbridge near the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus railway station collapsed on Thursday evening.

The deceased have been identified as Apoorva Prabhu (35), Ranjana Tambe (40) and Zahid Shiraj Khan (32).

On March 14, a footover bridge near the Times of India building at Mumbai's CSMT collapsed. Both GT and St George Hospital witnessed frantic scenes as injured and dead were brought after the mishap took place. Traffic affected. Commuters to use alternate routes.

At least three of the dead were women, Mumbai police spokesman Manjunath Singe said.

The bridge, which was under fix according to multiple Indian media reports, gave way around 7.30 pm (1400 GMT) on Thursday as rush hour commuters made their way into Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus.

Though the portion of the bridge that collapsed outside CSMT was not audited by the experts of IIT Bombay, a series of recommendations were shared with the civic body during the inspection of the other bridges on the railway premises, said an official who was part of the team auditing bridges on the railways.

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

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

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

The CM also said that a high-level committee will probe the circumstances under which the 40-year-old over-bridge collapsed.

Local Shiv Sena corporator Sujata Sanap said she had alerted officials about the structure, but they did not act in time. NDRF personnel have reached the spot and are carrying out rescue operations.

The railway shrugged away from the responsibility saying that it was a public bridge and the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) was responsible for its maintenance.

"Modi government and Maharashtra government are criminally culpable for inaction leading to repeat tragedies: 29/9/2017 - Elphistone Stampede, 3/7/2018 - Andheri bridge collapse", Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala tweeted hours after the incident, expressing condolences for the family of the victims. Bridge wasn't in a bad condition, it required minor repairs for which work was underway. "He is responsible for the entire disaster", he said.

The FOB was built in 1984 and connected CST platform 1 to BT Lane.

The FOB was constructed and was being managed by the BMC. He added that Railways along with the municipal corporation will conduct a joint-investigation regarding the accident.

Five dead, over 30 hurt as overbridge collapses near Mumbais CST