At least six people have died and more than 30 others have been injured after a foot overbridge near the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) railway station in Mumbai collapsed during peak office hours on Thursday, 14 March. As per ANI, Mumbai Police will register a case in the incident.
Soon after the incident Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Railways Minister Piyush Goyal expressed condolences for the families of the victims.
All injured have been shifted to nearby hospitals, including St George Hospital and GT Hospital, and the authorities are in the process of clearing the debris.
Mumbai CST Overbridge Was Used While Being Repaired: Eyewitness
Local Politicians Demand Immediate Action
Local BJP MLA Raj Purohit also visited the spot and demanded immediate action against the engineer who had declared the bridge as ‘safe’. “He should be arrested right now. He is responsible for the entire disaster.” Local Shiv Sena corporator Sujata Sanap said she had alerted officials about the structure, but they did not act in time.
“I have been pursuing the issue of this unsafe bridge for long and also wrote so many letters to officials but they were ignored.” The collapse will be jointly probed by BMC and Central Railways, said Vinod Tawde, District Guardian Minister of Mumbai.
“I have discussed the issue with Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis as well as with CR General Manager D K Sharma, BMC chief Ajoy Mehta and joint police commissioner (L&W) Deven Bharti. The railways and the BMC will jointly inquire the accident,” Tawde told reporters.
Congress leader Milind Deora said murder charge should be slapped on auditors who inspected the bridge and the BMC officers who appointed them. “Mumbaikars feel very unsafe in the city, considering the frequent incidents of bridge collapses,” the former MP said.
“I am not politicising the issue, but hollow promises are not going to serve the people anyway. This is failure of the government and the system,” he added.
Road Near Collapsed Foot Overbridge Closed for Traffic
The traffic police have stopped movement of vehicles on a key road near the foot overbridge (FOB) which partially collapsed Thursday evening.
The bridge connected the area near the Times of India building with the iconic Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, (CSMT) station.
In view of the collapse of the Times of India FOB, traffic is being closed on both sides between CST junction and JJ flyover till further orders, said a police official tonight.
Commuters are advised to use the Mahapalika Marg from CST to metro junction and ahead towards Princess Street flyover-Crawford Market-Chakala and Mohammed Ali Road, he said.
Commuters coming from JJ flyover may take a right turn towards Crawford Market-metro junction-CST and or take a left turn at Nesbit junction and move further to P D Mellow Road- Avatar Singh Bedi chowk to CST-lion Gate, regal junction and further, he said.
Death Toll Rises to Six
Disaster Management Unit (DMU) of BMC (Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation) said the death toll has risen to six.
Mumbai Police said, FIR being registered against concerned officials of Central Railway and BMC under section 304A (Causing death by negligence) of IPC at the Azaad Maidan Police Station.
Mumbai Police to Register a Case
Mumbai Police to register a case in the incident where a portion of a foot over bridge near CSMT railway station collapsed earlier on Thursday, 14 March, as rpeorted by ANI.
Rescue Operation Completed, NDRF Team Withdraws
The NDRF team was withdrawn from the accident spot around 10:34 pm after the completion of the rescue operation, reported ANI.
‘Accountability Will Come Next, Priority is to Cater to the Injured First’: Maha Minister
After meeting the injured at the GT Hospital, BJP leader and Maharashtra Minister Girish Mahajan said, “There is sufficient number of doctors here, the experts are here. There is sufficient blood available in the blood bank. Accountability will come next, our priority is to cater to the injured first.”
Two Women Who Died Were Nurses of GT Hospital: Medical Superintendent
GT Hospital Medical Superintendent Dr Mukund Tayade said the two bodies that they received were of nurses who worked at the same hospital.
Shiv Sena MP and Mumbai Mayor Inquire About Health of Those Injured
Shiv Sena MP for Mumbai South Arvind Sawand and Mumbai Mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar reached the St George Hospital to inquire about the health the people who were injured in the bridge collapse incident.
‘Deeply Saddening’: Home Minister Rajnath Singh Tweets After Incident
‘Absolutely Unacceptable, FIR Should be Filed Against BMC Officers’: Milind Deora
Congress leader and former MP from Mumbai South contituency Milind Deora called for an FIR to be registered under Section 302 (punishment for murder) of the IPC against BMC officers “responsible for negligence” in the aftermath of the building collapse incident.
Ex Gratia of Rs 5 Lakh for Families of Victims: CM Fadnavis
Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis announced an ex gratia of Rs 5 lakh for the families of those who died in the bridge collapse incident, and a compensation of Rs 50,000 for the injured. The state government will provide for their treatment, he added.
‘Two Women Who Died Were Nurses at GT Hospital’
A friend of two women who died in the Mumbai foot overbridge collapse incident told The Quint that they were nurses at the GT Hospital, and were coming for duty when the incident took place. “They had been working here for 20 years,” she said.
‘Deeply Anguished by Loss of Lives, Maha Govt Providing All Possible Assistance’: PM Modi
‘Sincere Condolences to the Families of the Victims’: Piyush Goyal
‘Pained to Hear About the Bridge Collapse Incident’: Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis
‘Bridge Wasn’t in a Bad Condition, But Why Wasn’t it Closed Until Repair-Work Was Completed,’ Asks Maha Minister
The investigation into the bridge collapse incident would be undertaken jointly by the BMC and the Railways.
Maharashtra Minister and BJP leader Vinod Tawde said the bridge was not in a bad condition and only required minor repairs, as he questioned why it was not closed until the repair-work was completed.
He further said that the state will provide for the treatment of the injured.
Emergency Helpline Numbers
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‘Bridge Was Under BMC, Extending All Support’: Railways Ministry
The Ministry of Railways, in a statement, said that the bridge in question was of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).
Meanwhile, Shiv Sena MP Arvind Sawant reportedly said the bridge comes under the Railways.
“It was maintained by the BMC. Regardless of whom the bridge belongs to, the BMC conducted an audit. I am not the authority,” he added.
4 Dead, 34 Injured As Bridge Near Mumbai’s CST Station Collapses
Death Toll Rises to Three
The death toll in Mumbai bridge collapse incident has risen to three people, and is expected to rise further. The deceased man has been identified as 32-year-old Zahid Shiraj Khan.
Two Women Dead in Bridge Collapse Incident
At least two people have died and 34 have been injured in the Mumbai bridge collapse incident.
The deceased have been identified as 35-year-old Apoorva Prabhu and 40-year-old Ranjana Tambe.
Repair-Work Was Carried Out in the Morning: Eyewitnesses
Eyewitnesses cited by NDTV said that the overbridge was being used despite repair-work being undertaken on it on Thursday morning.
Some People Feared Dead: Mumbai Disaster Cell Sources
Some people are feared dead in the bridge collapse incident, according to Mumbai disaster cell sources cited by PTI.
Visuals from the Bridge Collapse Site in Mumbai
At Least 23 People Injured in Bridge Collapse Incident
At least 23 people have been injured in the bridge collapse incident and have been shifted to nearby hospitals, reported ANI.
Foot Overbridge Near CST Station in Mumbai Collapses, Many People Injured
A foot overbridge near the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) railway station in Mumbai collapsed on Thursday, 14 March. Multiple people have been reported injured and have been shifted to nerbyhospitals, reported ANI.