Mumbai footbridge collapse kills five and injures dozens

Mumbai foot overbridge collapse BMC suspends two engineers orders departmental enquiry

Six people have been reported dead and 32 injured in the past 12 hours since a portion of an overhead pedestrian bridge outside the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus came crashing down here.

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).

Two of the deceased were employees of GT Hospital, where 10 casualties are receiving treatment, while others have been shifted to St George Hospital. Traffic affected. Commuters to use alternate routes.

Though the portion of the bridge that collapsed outside CSMT was not audited by the experts of IIT Bombay, a series of recommendations were shared with the civic body during the inspection of the other bridges on the railway premises, said an official who was part of the team auditing bridges on the railways.

"Twenty-eight people were injured when the bridge collapsed". As per the local public, the bridge was crowded and mainly consisted of elderly people.

He offered condolences to the families of the victims and expressed hope that the administration will take swift action and provide urgent medical help to the injured.

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An audit of the bridge's safety was carried out a year ago, said Maharashtra state Education Minister Vinod Tawde.

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 stampede broke out after just a 20-minute rain, on the foot over-bridge linking two of the busiest stations in Mumbai - Elphinstone Road and Parel suburban stations. He added that the "bridge wasn't in a bad condition".

Social activist Anil Galgali demanded that all the bridges, inspected by the engineers who had declared the ill-fated bridge as safe, be re-inspected.

The FOB was built in 1984 and connected CST platform 1 to BT Lane. The bridge, which is three decades old, is also close to the office of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation.

The major repairs of 223 bridges in the city began after the audit, while 176 bridges are under minor repairs.

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