Four people have been killed and dozens wounded when a pedestrian bridge collapsed near Mumbai's main train station, the latest accident to highlight creaking infrastructure in India's financial capital.
In the initial blame game that ensued in the aftermath of the collapse, Shiv Sena MP Anil Desai said the bridge comes under the Indian Railways and the railways should have ensured the maintenance of the bridge (the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance rules the BMC).
"I demand that structural auditors who carried out the inspection and structural audit of the bridge be booked under IPC section 302 (murder)", Deora said. Incidentally, the bridge, built in 1971, had also cleared the railway's safety audit just months earlier.
#WATCH Mumbai: A foot over bridge near Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) railway station has collapsed.
"During that audit, 354 bridges were checked for their structural soundness".
Today, a foot overbridge in CST collapsed in Mumbai taking the toll of 5 lives till now. "Even after structural audit, the bridge collapsed". He added that the "bridge wasn't in a bad condition".
Charges will be framed against the officers accordingly, the official added.
Lata Arghade, secretary of the Mumbai Rail Pravasi Sangh, said, "I had been using the bridge ever since it was constructed". The Mumbai Police has revealed that over 23 people have been injured, with the count feared to rise further. Commuters have been advised to take the alternate routes to their destinations. The bridge was a connection of CSMT's Platform Number One and the footpath near Times of India building.
Rescue work in progress after a foot overbridge near CSMT station collapsed in south Mumbai Thursday March 14 2019.
In September 2017, a stampede broke out on a railway bridge at Elphinstone station bridge during peak office hours where 22 people killed and over 30 were seriously injured.
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said he was "pained" to hear of the tragedy, and spoke to BMC Commissioner Ajoy Mehta and Mumbai Police and instructed them to ensure speedy relief efforts.
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