Six people were killed and 33 injured after a portion of a foot overbridge near the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) railway station in Mumbai collapsed on Thursday evening. The pedestrian bridge connects the railway station to the Azad Maidan police station and the Times of India building in south Mumbai.
The collapse took place during the peak hours and eyewitnesses said repairs were being carried out on the overbridge this morning, but it was still being used.
The bridge collapse near Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus is the third such tragedy in the past two years involving the foot overbridges in the city. Safety audits were carried out at about 445 foot overbridges, said Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis after the accident on Thursday. Minor repairs had been carried out on the CST bridge six months ago as part of the audit. Mr Fadnavis has assured a speedy probe in the incident.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, "Deeply anguished by the loss of lives due to the foot overbridge accident in Mumbai. My thoughts are with the bereaved families. Wishing that the injured recover at the earliest. The Maharashtra Government is providing all possible assistance to those affected."
Here are the Highlights of the probe into the Mumbai bridge collapse tragedy:
A preliminary report released by the Mumbai civic authority has held engineers who conducted a structural audit of the ill-fated foot overbridge near the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus responsible for its collapse on Thursday evening. Six people were killed in the incident.
Nationalist Congress Party on Friday demanded that the multi-billion dollar Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project be scrapped, a day after a foot overbridge connected to iconic CSMT station collapsed, killing six persons and injuring 31.
Mumbai foot over bridge collapse: BMC (Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation) Commissioner Ajoy Mehta orders Vigilance Department to submit a preliminary report within 24 hours, identifying the Municipal staff responsible & responsibility of structural auditor for this incident. https://t.co/UopcrPB1ot- ANI (@ANI) March 15, 2019
The police registered cases against Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and Indian Railway officials charging them with culpable homicide.
"I visited St. George's hospital today, 10 patient's are in the ward and one in ICU, but out of danger. The bridge collapse is a serious matter. Despite audit, if such an incident has occurred, its a matter of concern, have ordered high-level probe. Assure action if audit was faulty. FIR has been lodged," Devendra Fadnavis
Today's tragedy is extremely disturbing. Although there shan't be any blame game, there will be reasons found & responsibility that will be fixed. A recent audit also apparently happened. That audit shall be revisited to examine what wasn't mentioned or followed (1/n)- Aaditya Thackeray (@AUThackeray) March 14, 2019