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6 dead, 31 injured as 'Kasab bridge' in Mumbai collapses

15 March 2019

A footover bridge near Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) railway station, which connects CSMT platform no. 1 (North end) with with BT Lane near The Times of India building and Azad Maidan police station in south Mumbai, has collapsed on Thursday evening.

#WATCH Mumbai: A foot over bridge near Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) railway station has collapsed. The injured have been admitted to St George Hospital.

Today, a foot overbridge in CST collapsed in Mumbai taking the toll of 5 lives till now. The injured have been rushed to hospital. Commuters have been advised to take the alternate routes to their destinations. "Spoke to BMC Commissioner and Mumbai Police officials and instructed to ensure speedy relief efforts in coordination with Railway Ministry officials", Fadnavis said.

Five of the dead have been identified as Apoorwa Prabhu (35), Ranjana Tambe (40), Zaheer Siraj Khan (32), Bhakti Shinde (40) and Tapendra Singh (35).

Prabhu and Tambe were employees of the G T Hospital, the officials said.

The tragedy comes eight months after another bridge collapsed in suburban Andheri, in which five persons were killed.

Though the overbridge was under fix, it was still in use. "Mumbaikars feel very unsafe in the city, considering the frequent incidents of bridge collapses", the former MP said.

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Four fire brigade vehicles and two ambulances have reached the spot for rescue operations. He added that the "bridge wasn't in a bad condition". An NDRF team from Regional Response Centre (RRC) is at the site conducting search and rescue operations.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said he had ordered a "high-level inquiry" into the collapse.

"I am saddened on hearing the news of the Mumbai foot overbridge collapse".

Local Shiv Sena corporator Sujata Sanap said she had alerted officials about the structure, but they did not act in time.

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. "He is responsible for the entire disaster", he said. "The railways and the BMC will jointly inquire the accident", Tawde told reporters. He added that the state government would provide for their treatment.

An eyewitness said the over-bridge was being used by pedestrians even as fix works were ongoing. At around 7:30 pm, the commuters were on their way back to the home when suddenly, a part of the bridge fell down.

"Railway Minister's tall claims of audit have failed time and again". An audit was conducted and some of the bridges in the city were closed.

6 dead, 31 injured as 'Kasab bridge' in Mumbai collapses