At Least 4 Dead As Pedestrian Bridge Collapses


Raiz Parmar, a hawker at the station, who brought one of the injured in the hospital, said, "The father and son duo were walking below the bridge when the bridge collapsed".

Mumbai: Mumbai Municipal Commissioner Ajoy Mehta on day suspended two civic engineers in connection with Thursday's foot overbridge collapse which claimed six lives. Senior police officers were also present at the spot to conduct the operations. However, we're extending all our supports to the victims.

According to news agency PTI, the bridge was commonly known as "Kasab bridge" after the 26/11 Mumbai attack terrorist passed through it during the terror attacks. "Why was it not closed until the work was completed, it'll also be probed", he said. The injured man - identified as Dindore Dixit - was rushed to the nearby Saifee Hospital.

The traffic on the busy route has been affected and commuters have been advised to use alternate routes.

Rescue members stand at the site of a footbridge collapse outside the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus railway station in Mumbai, March 14, 2019.

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

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Amid tragic scenes, some people were seen taking selfies with the debris of the bridge in the background. Some minor damage was detected which was yet to be repaired, he told reporters.

The part of the bridge at Cama Hospital end collapsed and at least 34 people were admitted to the hospital after the incident.

"Strictest action should be taken against the engineer who declared this bridge as safe and he should be arrested right now". He added that the state government would provide for their treatment. The bridge was constructed in 1984, about 35 years ago.

Following the July 2018 incident, the railways had ordered audit of 445 bridge structures crossing the railway tracks in Mumbai.

"During that audit, 354 bridges were checked for their structural soundness".