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

Mumbai bridge collapse Civic body says ‘irresponsible structural audit’ failed to highlight flaws

He added that the "bridge wasn't in a bad condition".

The deceased were identified as Apoorva Prabhu (35), Ranjana Tambe (40), Bhakti Shinde (40), Zahid Shiraj Khan (32) and T Singh (35), said police spokesperson Manjunath Shinge.

All the injured have been admitted to St. George Hospital. It is also called "Kasab bridge" as Ajmal Kasab, one of the terrorists who struck Mumbai in November 2008, had used it during the attacks.

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

Fire brigade and disaster management officials reached the spot and carried out rescue operations. 5 people were injured and 2 casualties were reported.

"Foot over bridge connecting CSMT platform 1 north end with BT Lane near Times of India building has collapsed". 36 persons are said to be injured.

The city traffic is now closed on both sides between CST junction and JJ flyover till further orders, said a police official. Authorities asked commuters to use alternate routes.

As per latest reports, an FIR has been being registered against concerned officials of Central Railway and BMC under section 304A (Causing death by negligence) of IPC at the Azaad Maidan Police Station.

"Thankfully, when the bridge collapsed, it was red signal at the nearby road, otherwise several people would definitely have been crushed under the rubble", said a taxi driver, who luckily escaped the tragedy. Those with simple injuries got around Rs 25,000 each, and people who were seriously injured got more.

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There was a heavy noise and cries of people who had fallen from the bridge. Fortunately, no vehicles passing under the FOB were trapped.

The tragedy comes eight months after another bridge collapsed in suburban Andheri, in which five persons were killed. An NDRF team has been moved from Andheri center, news agency ANI quoted NDRF as saying. A structural audit of the bridge had earlier been done and it was found to be fit.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said he was "pained" to hear about the incident.

"I am not politicising the issue, but hollow promises are not going to serve the people anyway". He added that the state government would provide for their treatment.

The spot of the accident, located near the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) headquarters, is a very busy junction and traffic has been affected. "Action will be initiated against the responsible officials". "Strictest action will be taken", he said. "He is responsible for the entire disaster".

The incident took place during the peak rush hour, once again raising questions over the safety of such pedestrian structures. "They should be prosecuted and blacklisted", Galgali said.

Mr Fadnavis clarified that a safety audit was carried out on the CSMT bridge six months ago, after the Andheri bridge collapse past year. It is a public FOB.

The CSMT bridge, near the landmark Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, was built in 1984. Following the mishap, the civic body made a decision to undertake a structural audit of all the bridges in the city. As part of the survey, a structural audit of 344 bridges was undertaken.

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