Five people were killed and 29 injured after a major portion of a foot overbridge near a train station in south Mumbai collapsed Thursday evening, officials said.
"The bridge that collapsed in front of CSMT station in Mumbai today was built in front of us in 1984 when I worked for The Times of India".
According to Indian media, two of those killed are women and use to work at the GT Hospital, where 10 of the injured people have been shifted.
This was the third footbridge collapse in the city in the last 18 months - occurred around 7.35 p.m.as the bridge was reportedly overloaded with commuters hurrying to their homes, the BMC Disaster Control said.
Traffic has been affected after a part of the foot over bridge near CSMT station in Mumbai collapsed. Commuters advised avoiding the route. As per the local public, the bridge was crowded and mainly consisted of elderly people. "Why was it not closed until the work was completed, it'll also be probed", he said. "The civic body had stated that (such) an audit was going on", said the official. The fire brigade team has reached the spot and rescue operation is underway. "Railway doctors and personnel are cooperating with BMC in relief and rescue operations", reports quoted Ministry of Railways as saying.
On July 3, 2018, a portion of the Gokhale Road bridge linking Andheri East and West gave way and collapsed, falling on the tracks of Andheri railway.
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Arvind Sawant, the local Shiv Sena MP, said, "This bridge was under minor-repairing after the audit of all bridges in the city".
"Modi government and Maharashtra government are criminally culpable for inaction leading to repeat tragedies: 29/9/2017 - Elphistone Stampede, 3/7/2018 - Andheri bridge collapse", Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala tweeted hours after the incident, expressing condolences for the family of the victims.
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 bridge was a connection of CSMT's Platform Number One and the footpath near Times of India building.
The FOB was constructed and was being managed by the BMC. Over two years, contractors appointed by the municipality had audited all the 314 bridges, subways and skywalks in Mumbai.
In January this year, BMC eventually sanctioned repairs of more than 50 bridges, flyovers, FOBs and skywalks by spending Rs 65 crore.
Out of these, 47 bridges are taken on priority.