Killed, 32 Injured as Foot Over Bridge Collapses Near CST Platform

Six persons died and more than 30 others injured near Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus in Mumbai

Six persons died and more than 30 others injured near Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus in Mumbai

Police have barricaded the place to ensure free-movement for rescue workers, whereas, the injured personnel are being rushed to the hospital. "It'll also be probed", he said. It sees a daily footfall of about 6 lakh commuters, and it can be estimated that a significant percentage of these people had been using the bridge which collapsed on Thursday. The commuters have been advised to use the Mahapalika Marg from CST to Metro Junction and ahead towards Princess Street Flyover/ Crawford Market/ Chakala and Mohammed Ali Road. Fortunately, no vehicles passing under the FOB were trapped. Fire engines and an ambulance were also at the site.

Additional Municipal Commissioner of the BMC, Vijay Singhal, said the remaining portion of the damaged bridge is being dismantled manually. The removal of the collapsed bridge's steel frame began on Friday.

A case has been registered against officials of Central Railway and the BMC in connection with the incident, police said.

Many Bollywood celebrities too have taken to Twitter to express their feelings about the overbridge incident wherein some of them have even accused the weak infrastructure of the city and have requested the government to do something about it.

Arghade pointed out, "A large number of people used the bridge, as it was a link between the CSMT station and some market areas and offices". The contractors selected by the municipal corporation had audited all the 314 bridges, subways and skywalks in Mumbai, an IndianExpress report said.

Witnesses said there were rumours of the old bridge collapsing which caused panic and chaos.

"I am not politicising the issue, but hollow promises are not going to serve the people anyway. Action will be initiated against the responsible officials". He added that the state government would provide for their treatment. "He is responsible for the entire disaster", he said. Railway Minister Piyush Goyal had then announced a joint safety audit of all 445 bridges in Mumbai.

The issue of dilapidated bridges in the city came to fore after the Gokhale Bridge at Andheri collapsed previous year.

Following the July 2018 incident, the railways had ordered audit of 445 bridge structures crossing the railway tracks in Mumbai.

Out of these, 47 bridges are taken on priority.

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