Mumbai footbridge collapse: Toll rises to 5, 30 hurt

Mumbai Municipal Commissioner Ajoy Mehta on day suspended two civic engineers in connection with Thursday's foot overbridge collapse which claimed six lives

A foot overbridge leading into the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus collapsed on Thursday, killing five people and injuring several.

"Deeply anguished by the loss of lives due to the foot overbridge accident in Mumbai". Injured have been shifted to hospital.

The bridge which connected the area near the Times of India building with the iconic CSMT station was commonly known as "Kasab bridge" as the 26/11 Mumbai attack terrorist passed through it during the terror strike. Police have barricaded the place to ensure free-movement for rescue workers, whereas, the injured personnel are being rushed to the hospital. Traffic affected. Commuters are requested to use alternate routes.

At least three of the dead were women, Mumbai police spokesman Manjunath Singe said.

The deceased were identified as 35-year-old Apurva Prabhu, 40-year-old Ranjana Tambe, 35-year-old Sarika Kulkarni, 32-year-old Zahid Khan and 35-year-old Satendra Singh.

Ranajana Tambe (40) and Apurva Prabhu (35) were nurses at GT hospital and had been working since 2005, said nurses at the GThospital said.

The tragedy comes eight months after another bridge collapsed in suburban Andheri, in which five persons were killed. He told reporters that some minor damage was detected and had not been repaired before the collapse of the bridge. "Railway traffic is not affected", said a Central Railway spokesperson Sunil Udasi.

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He offered condolences to the families of the victims and expressed hope that the administration will take swift action and provide urgent medical help to injured. "A structural audit of the bridge had earlier been done and it was found to be fit", he said. "Mumbaikars feel very unsafe in the city, considering the frequent incidents of bridge collapses", the former MP said.

Local BJP MLA Raj Purohit also visited the spot and demanded immediate action against the engineer who had declared the bridge as "safe". He added that 36 people are injured, out of which two are in serious condition.

In June past year, six people were injured after a part of Road Over Bridge (ROB) collapsed on the railway tracks near Andheri station towards Vile Parle on South end.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said he had ordered a high-level inquiry, ANI reported. "He is responsible for the entire disaster", he said.

Local Shiv Sena corporator Sujata Sanap said she had alerted officials about the structure, but they did not act in time.

Tawde meanwhile said an enquiry into the collapse would be conducted by the Railways and the BMC. At around 7:30 pm, the commuters were on their way back to the home when suddenly, a part of the bridge fell down. 3/7/2018-Andheri Bridge Collapse. Rly Min's tall claims of Audit have failed time and again. Following the mishap, the civic body made a decision to undertake a structural audit of all the bridges in the city.

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