Foot over bridge near VT Railway Station in Mumbai collapses

Mumbai pedestrian bridge

Six persons were killed and over 30 injured after a section of a foot overbridge at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus collapsed.

According to Indian media, two of those killed are women and use to work at the GT Hospital, where 10 of the injured people have been shifted.

Rajesh Das, a labour who visited Mumbai for work said, "Along with two other friends I was going to Kolkata". The incident took place around 7.30 pm when a major portion of the bridge caved in, the official said. Raiz Parmar, a hawker at the station, who brought one of the injured in the hospital, said, "The father and son duo were walking below the bridge when the bridge collapsed". Authorities asked commuters to use alternate routes. Some motorists who were passing beneath the bridge when it came down, were among those injured.

A 45-member team of the National Disaster Response Force has been rushed to the site for rescue operations.

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The accident comes nearly two years after 23 people died in a crush on a narrow overcrowded footbridge at Prabhadevi station in the centre of the city in September 2017.

Arvind Sawant, the local Shiv Sena MP, said, "This bridge was under minor-repairing after the audit of all bridges in the city. He is responsible for the entire disaster".

"Modi government and Maharashtra government are criminally culpable for inaction leading to repeat tragedies: 29/9/2017 - Elphistone Stampede, 3/7/2018 - Andheri bridge collapse", Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala tweeted hours after the incident, expressing condolences for the family of the victims. Visuals showed a large gap in the bridge, which connects CSMT platform's 1 north end with BT Lane near the Times of India building in South Mumbai. It is a public FOB, and not a railway FOB.

Earlier in the day, a Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation official had said the FOB was found to be structurally safe when it was audited in August 2016, soon after a British-era bridge over Savitri River got washed away in monsoon downpour in Mahad in Raigad district. The bridge was constructed in 1984, about 35 years ago. As part of the survey, a structural audit of 344 bridges was undertaken. While the estimated cost for the reconstruction, major and minor fix works is Rs 277 crore, the BMC has earmarked Rs 108 crore for it in 2019-20.

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