Guwahati: A foot overbridge collapsed near Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus railway station in Mumbai on Thursday evening. At least six people were killed and several injured in the incident. The overbridge was under repair but it was still on.
The collapse took place at around 7.30 pm, the wee hours of the evening when the footfall was at its highest number. The Railway Ministry, however, said that the overbridge was under the control of Mumbai’s civic body.
The Brihanmumbai Corporation Sena Lawmaker, however, denied the claim but the state minister Vinod Tawde said both the Railways and the civic body would investigate into the matter.
It has been reported that a team of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) is helping with the rescue work and senior officers were in the spot to conduct the operations. It was initially said by NDRF that there were 10-12 who feared trapped under debris but the police later clarified that was not the case.
According to a report, two of those killed were women, reportedly said to be the nurse at the GT Hospital where ten of the injured people have been shifted. Ten other people have been shifted to the St. George Hospital.
Meanwhile, Maharashtra Minister, Vinod Tawde said that the bridge was not in a bad condition and that it required minor repairs of which the work was underway. He said that they will investigate as to why the bridge has not been closed until the work was completed.
The overbridge was built in 1984 which connects the CST platform 1 at the north end of the railway station with B T Lane near the Times of India building. The traffic in the area has been affected due to the collapse and the commuters have been asked to use alternate routes.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis visited the accident site in the early morning of Friday and also met those injured in the collapse.
Meeting the injured people, the CM said, “There are around ten injured admitted in the ward, one in ICU and that the people are out of danger now.”
The CM further said that a high-level inquiry will be done to probe into the matter and an FIR has also been lodged.
Ex-member of Parliament, Priya Dutt tweeted over the incident, “Shocking that the CST foot overbridge which was supposedly audited 6 months back has collapsed, It’s sad that we still cannot provide safe infrastructure for our hardworking people of Mumbai. In grief, I pray for the victims and their families.”
Maharashtra CM also declares ex-gratia of Rs. 5 lakh to the kin of the deceased and Rs. 50,000 to the injured people.
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