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Foot overbridge collapse in Mumbai kills 5, 35 injured

Foot overbridge collapse in Mumbai kills 5, 35 injured

On Friday morning, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis met the victims, who were left injured by the collapse of a foot over bridge outside CSMT, at GT hospital. A high-level inquiry will be done to probe into the matter. Primary responsibility will be fixed by this evening. Commuters have been advised to take the alternate routes to their destinations.

The city traffic is now closed on both sides between CST junction and JJ flyover till further orders, said a police official.

Four fire brigade vehicles and two ambulances have reached the spot for rescue operations. He added that Railways along with the municipal corporation will conduct a joint-investigation regarding the accident. "Mumbaikars feel very unsafe in the city, considering the frequent incidents of bridge collapses", the former MP said. Officials stated that in the structural audit, the CST bridge that collapsed Thursday was ticked as "fit" and was recommended for "minor repairs" only.

Rescue members stand at the site of a footbridge collapse outside the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus railway station in Mumbai, March 14, 2019.

Injured people are rushed to an ambulance after a footbridge collapsed in Mumbai
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Executive engineer A R Patil, who had supervised the structural audit of the bridge in 2017-18, and assistant Engineer S F Kakulte who had supervised its fix works in 2013-14, were suspended and a departmental enquiry has been ordered against them, an official said.

The death toll in the FOB collapse incident has jumped to 5, whereas, at least 36 others have been confirmed as injured.

"I am not politicising the issue, but hollow promises are not going to serve the people anyway". Our investigation will be independent of the action taken by the civic body. He added that the state government would provide for their treatment. "Those responsible (for the collapse) will be punished", he said. Incidentally, the bridge, built in 1971, had also cleared the railway's safety audit just months earlier. The bridge was constructed in 1984, about 35 years ago.

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