At least five killed after pedestrian bridge collapse in Mumbai

At least five killed after pedestrian bridge collapse in Mumbai

At least five killed after pedestrian bridge collapse in Mumbai

It allocated Rs 880 crore to construct bridges and provide amenities for commuters.

Mumbai | Six persons were killed and 31 injured after a section of a foot overbridge near a busy train station in south Mumbai collapsed during evening rush hour on Thursday, officials said.

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. "My thoughts are with the bereaved families", Modi said. "The Maharashtra Government is providing all possible assistance to those affected", he added. Another famous Bollywood actor Riteish Deshmukh also expressed his deep condolences to the families who have lost their loved ones in the incident.

"Thankfully, when the bridge collapsed, it was red signal at the nearby road, otherwise several people would definitely have been crushed under the rubble", said a taxi driver, who luckily escaped the tragedy.

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"As per the information received, a part of foot over bridge near CSMT station in Mumbai collapsed". Govt are criminally culpable for inaction leading to repeat tragedies-: 29/9/2017-Elphistone Stampede. "Senior officers are on spot", read the tweet by Mumbai police.

NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik condoled the deaths and wished speedy recovery to the injured. He further said that a probe would be ordered to ascertain the facts.

According to some commuters, it was making odd noises for past few days, while some other who were around while the mishap took place, said that a major portion of the pathway of the FOB caved in injuring several commuters.

Maharashtra Congress President Ashok Chavan also demanded stringent action against the officials responsible for negligent administration which cost five human lives.

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While Arvind Kejriwal asked the volunteers of the Aam Admi Party volunteers to help in rescue efforts, the AAP on the official Twitter handle, with a report of the incident, tweeted: "Prayers with the victims of #MumbaiBridgeCollapse". They had completed their second shift and were returning home.

MNS Chief Raj Thackeray shared a statement where he pinned the blame on authorities.

In a statement, the Ministry of Railways had earlier stressed that it was not responsible for the bridge maintenance. "The bridge was under the ambit of BMC (Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation)". "However, we're extending all our support to the victims".

A case has been registered against officials of Central Railway and the BMC in connection with the incident, police said.

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The CSMT bridge, near the landmark Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus - a UNESCO heritage site, was built in 1984. Injured persons are being shifted to hospitals.

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