Published: Fri, March 15, 2019

Foot overbridge collapses near Mumbai's CSMT station, 5 killed

Foot overbridge collapses near Mumbai's CSMT station, 5 killed

"Senior officers are on spot", Mumbai police had tweeted at 7.46 pm.

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

Additional Municipal Commissioner of the BMC, Vijay Singhal, said the remaining portion of the damaged bridge is being dismantled manually.

Maharashtra minister Vinod Tawade said that the Railways and BMC will conduct an inquiry into the incident.

Probing the incident, the Mumbai police found two main factors contributing to the stampede - the rains that compelled commuters to stay put on the foot overbridge, and the constant crowd of commuters alighting from the trains adding to the crowd.

CM Devendra Fadnavis announced ex-gratia of Rs 5 Lakh each will be given to the families of those who died in the incident and compensation of Rs 50,000 each will be given to the injured, state govt will provide for their treatment.

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

A foot over bridge at the Elphinstone Road railway station had crashed on September 29, 2017, killing 29 commuters, while on July 3, 2018 when a portion of the foot over bridge crashed on the railway tracks near Andheri station, killing at least one and injuring many more. He said action will be taken against the firm that conducted the structural audit of the bridge.

Faizan Ahmad, who witnessed the incident, said it appeared as if a powerful bomb went off. The actor tweeted that he is perturbed after getting to know about the news of the bridge collapse. However, we're extending all our supports to the victims. "I pray that injured get relief soon", he said in a Facebook post in Hindi.

While the CR received Rs 450 crore for constructing 42 bridges for the zones (21 for Mumbai suburban), the Western Railway has received Rs 430 crore for 43 bridges. "FIR must be lodged under Section 302 of IPC", said Congress leader Milind Deora.

Local BJP MLA Raj Purohit also visited the spot and demanded immediate action against the engineer who had declared the bridge as "safe". 3/7/2018-Andheri Bridge Collapse. Rly Min's tall claims of Audit have failed time and again.

Shiv Sena MP Arvind Sawant said: "This is not the time to play the blame game". Railway Minister Piyush Goyal expressed "sincere condolences to the family of the victims" and said the railway doctors and personnel are assisting the local authorities grapple with the tragedy. And that "it required minor repairs for which work was underway".

The bridge, which falls within the Mata Ramabai Ambedkar Marg Police Station, is just two minutes walk from the BMC headquarter.

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