Mumbai Police issues traffic advisory after foot overbridge collapses near CST station

At least five killed after pedestrian bridge collapse in Mumbai

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Today, a foot overbridge in CST collapsed in Mumbai taking the toll of 5 lives till now.

The bridge connects to one of Mumbai's biggest local stations, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, which was the site of a militant attack in 2008, and is used by tens of thousands of commuters each day. "Why was it not closed until the work was completed, it'll also be probed", he said.

According to ANI, senior officials have rushed to the accident spot and injured persons are being shifted to the St George hospital and GT hospital. Commuters have been asked to use alternate routes.

"Pained to hear about the foot over bridge incident near TOI building in Mumbai".

Rescue work in progress after a foot overbridge near CSMT station collapsed in south Mumbai Thursday March 14 2019. | PTI
Rescue work in progress after a foot overbridge near CSMT station collapsed in south Mumbai Thursday March 14 2019. | PTI

Police registered cases against Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and Indian Railway officials charging them with culpable homicide. Before the signal turned green, the bridge came down along with people on it. "In 2016, under Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, the northern end of the bridge was taken up for beautification but not repairs".

Four fire brigade vehicles and two ambulances have reached the spot for rescue operations. "Action will be initiated against the responsible officials".

The civic body has announced that the firm which carried out the audit will be removed from the list of empanelled structural auditors, and will be issued a show-cause notice for blacklisting. He further added that a re-audit of those bridges, which have been audited earlier, has been ordered.

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. Meanwhile, the BMC has also suspended two serving officers, while charges will be framed against three others who have now retired.

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

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