Six persons were killed and over 30 injured after a section of a foot overbridge at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus collapsed.
The victims identified so far include three women - Apoorva Prabhu, 35, Ranjana Tambe, 40, and Bhakti Shinde, 40. The bridge connects the area near the Times of India building with the iconic Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus railway station. The injured have been taken to hospital. Traffic affected. Commuters to use alternate routes. Senior police officers were also present at the spot to conduct the operations.
The bridge, which was under fix according to multiple Indian media reports, gave way around 7.30 pm (1400 GMT) on Thursday as rush hour commuters made their way into Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus.
The foot over bridge on Mumbai Municipal Corporation side collapsed about 07:45 pm today.
Meanwhile, the Railway ministry has blamed Brihanmumbai Corporation, the Mumbai civic body under the Shiv Sena, for the bridge collapse but Sena lawmaker, Anil Desai has denied the allegation.
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Commuters are advised to use the Mahapalika Marg from CST to the metro junction and ahead towards Princess Street flyover-Crawford Market-Chakala and Mohammed Ali Road, he said. As per the local public, the bridge was crowded and mainly consisted of elderly people.
A 45-member team of the National Disaster Response Force has been rushed to the site for rescue operations.
The city police has lodged an FIR against BMC officials and railway authorities, while Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has ordered the Municipal Commissioner to probe the reasons behind the mishap.
The survey in question was initiated after a major bridge collapsed on the outskirts of Mumbai in 2016. The bridge wasn't in a bad condition, it required minor repairs for which work was underway. "He is responsible for the entire disaster".
The tragedy comes eight months after another bridge collapsed in suburban Andheri, in which five persons were killed. "They should be prosecuted and blacklisted", Galgali said. The bridge was a connection of CSMT's Platform Number One and the footpath near Times of India building. Over two years, contractors appointed by the municipality had audited all the 314 bridges, subways and skywalks in Mumbai.