‘Kasab bridge’ in south Mumbai collapses; 5 dead, 29 injured

‘Kasab bridge’ in south Mumbai collapses; 5 dead, 29 injured

The incident occurred at around 7.30 pm today when suddenly a part of the foot bridge collapsed leaving many injured and five people dead.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation's preliminary report about the collapse of a foot overbridge in Mumbai on Thursday has attributed the incident to an "irresponsible structural audit", The Times of India reported. "However, we're extending all our support to the victims".

The bridge, which connected the area near the Times of India building with the iconic Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus railway station station, was commonly called "Kasab bridge" as the 26/11 Mumbai attack terrorist passed through it during the strike.

Shocked by the situation at hand, Fadnavis said that they have already ordered a high-level inquiry into the unfortunate incident. Injured persons have been shifted to Gokuldas Tejpal (GT), St George and LTMG hospital at Sion. Commuters have been advised to take the alternate routes to their destinations.

This was the second incident of bridge collapse in Mumbai in nine months. "Railway doctors and personnel are cooperating with BMC in relief and rescue operations", the Ministry of Railways added.

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Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis declares ₹5 lakh for the families of people who lost their lives while the injured will get ₹50,000. 42 people went missing after a bridge collapse after a British-era bridge was washed away near Mahad on the Mumbai-Goa national highway on 4 August 2016. Some minor damage was detected which was yet to be repaired, he told reporters. He added that the state government would provide for their treatment.

Following the July 2018 incident, the railways had ordered audit of 445 bridge structures crossing the railway tracks in Mumbai. "Strictest action will be taken", he said.

The civic body has announced that the firm which carried out the audit will be removed from the list of empanelled structural auditors, and will be issued a show-cause notice for blacklisting.

According to an official, the FOB was last repaired in 2010-11 and was constructed around 35 years ago.

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