Foot over bridge near VT Railway Station in Mumbai collapses

Remigio Civitarese
Marzo 15, 2019

At least five people were killed and 36 others injured after a part of a foot overbridge collapsed in the evening near Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) railway station in Mumbai, Maharashtra. The injured have been taken to hospital. 3/7/2018 - Andheri Bridge Collapse.

An audit of the bridge's safety was carried out a year ago, said Maharashtra state Education Minister Vinod Tawde. Mumbai South MP and Shiv Sena leader Arvind Sawant said a part of the FOB collapsed due to a "minor defect".

Among the six dead in the overbridge collapse near Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus were two nurses who were on their way to a hospital.

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

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. "Few minutes later, we saw almost 15 people severely injured after having fallen from the bridge", he said.

Mumbai Police, Fire Brigade and other rescue agencies arrived at the spot and immediately evacuated those buried under the rubble and shifted them to hospitals.

"In an unfortunate incident, a portion of a foot overbridge (FOB) over road outside CSMT station collapsed".

"The slab of the FOB collapsed at around 7.30pm".

Probing the incident, the Mumbai police found two main factors contributing to the stampede - the rains that compelled commuters to stay put on the foot overbridge, and the constant crowd of commuters alighting from the trains adding to the crowd. Even after that if such an incident happened, it raises a question on the audit. Traffic affected. Commuters are requested to use alternate routes. "Strictest action will be taken", Fadnavis told media.

Just after the incident, Mumbai Police had tweeted: "Foot over-bridge connecting CST platform 1 north end with B T Lane near Times of India building has collapsed".

Local BJP MLA Raj Purohit also visited the spot and demanded immediate action against the engineer who had declared the bridge as "safe". "The railways and the BMC will jointly inquire the accident", Tawde told reporters.

The National Disaster Response Force meanwhile said 10 to 12 people are thought to be trapped under the debris. The state government will provide for the treatment of injured people.

In July past year, portion of a road over-bridge had collapsed in suburban Andheri. After the railway bridge collapse, the audit was ordered of all such bridges.

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

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