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At least five killed after pedestrian bridge collapse in Mumbai

Safety audit,Mumbai footbridge collapse,Mumbai bridge collapse At least five killed after pedestrian bridge collapse in Mumbai
Jeannette Daniel | 15 March, 2019, 10:54

Around 31 people got injured and six died after a bridge collapsed at CSMT station. The bridge connects the area near the Times of India building with the iconic Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus railway station. Injured persons have been shifted to Gokuldas Tejpal (GT), St George and LTMG hospital at Sion. "Spoke to BMC Commissioner and Mumbai Police officials and instructed to ensure speedy relief efforts in coordination with Railway Ministry officials", Fadnavis said.

Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Friday said that he had asked the BMC chief Ajoy Mehta to fix "primary responsibility" for Thursday's foot overbridge collapse by the evening.

India's public infrastructure projects are substandard and collapse often in part because of corruption that leads to the construction of weak structure foundations and poor maintenance. At least 6 killed in the bridge collapse incident, around 36 people are injured in the incident. Commuters advised avoiding the route. The civic body in return had stated that such an audit of bridges across the city are being conducted, the official said.

Shiv Sena MP Arvind Sawant rushed to the site of accident, and assured an inquiry into the FOB collapse.

The Opposition party said the BJP governments were "criminally culpable" of inaction and demanded the resignation of Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal.

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An audit of the bridge's safety was carried out a year ago, said Maharashtra state Education Minister Vinod Tawde.

Another eyewitness said most of the victims were walking on the overbridge on their way to the CST station when it collapsed. The casualty count is feared to rise further, said an official. Of the 314 bridges, the audit had recommended the demolition and reconstruction of 14 bridges, including five FOBs, major repairs to 47 others and minor repairs in the case of another 176. "He is responsible for the entire disaster".

A portion of a foot overbridge in Mumbai collapsed near Mankhurd on Sion-Panvel Highway on 7 October 2018. "Railway traffic is not affected", Central Railway PRO AK Jain said, in a statement. The bridge, which is three decades old, is also close to the office of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation.

The issue of dilapidated bridges in the city came to fore after the Gokhale Bridge at Andheri collapsed past year. As part of the survey, a structural audit of 344 bridges was undertaken.

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