Three dead, 34 injured as 'Kasab bridge' in south Mumbai collapses


By Express News Service

MUMBAI: At least three people, including two women, were dead and 31 others were injured when the foot over bridge (FOB) outside Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) railway station collapsed during the evening peak hour on Thursday.

“The foot over bridge connecting CST platform 1 north end with B T Lane near Times of India building has collapsed. Injured persons are being shifted to hospitals. Traffic affected. Commuters to use alternate routes. Senior officers are on spot,” Mumbai police tweeted at 7.46 pm.

The road along CSMT station over which the part of the FOB collapsed was closed down and traffic diverted after the accident.

According to the eyewitnesses, a major portion of the pathway of the FOB caved in injuring several commuters. The part of the bridge at Cama Hospital end collapsed.

Four fire brigade vehicles and two ambulances have reached the spot for rescue operations. 

Work on clearing the debris from the road too is being carried out, fire brigade sources said, while police said that the injured persons have been shifted to GT, St George and Sion hospitals.

“In an unfortunate incident, a portion of a foot overbridge (FOB) over road outside CSMT station collapsed. It is a public FOB, and not a railway FOB. Railway traffic is not affected,” Central Railway PRO AK Jain said, in a statement.

The FOB was constructed and was being managed by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). 

However, it was not on the list of eight dilapidated bridges in the city, which the corporation had published a week back while stating that the structures would be repaired soon.

The issue of dilapidated bridges in the city came to fore after the Gokhale Bridge at Andheri collapsed. 

Following the mishap, the civic body decided to undertake a structural audit of all the city bridges. 

As part of the survey, structural audit of 344 bridges was undertaken. The repairs of 223 bridges began after the audit, while 176 bridges are under minor repairs. 

Out of these, 47 bridges are taken on priority.

Source: The New Indian Express

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