Five persons, including three women, were killed and 36 injured after a major portion of a foot overbridge near a busy train station in south Mumbai collapsed on Thursday evening. The bridge, which connected the area near the Times of India building with the iconic Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) railway station, was commonly called 'Kasab bridge' as the 26/11 Mumbai attack terrorist passed through it during the strike.
The deceased have been identified as Apoorva Prabhu (35), Ranjana Tambe (40), Zahid Shiraj Khan (32), Sarika Kulkarni (35) and Tapendra Singh (35). Prabhu and Tambe were staff members of the G T Hospital, the official said. Some reports claim that two injured are in critical condition.
Meanwhile, an FIR has been registered against concerned officials of Central Railway and BMC under section 304A (Causing death by negligence) of IPC at the Azaad Maidan Police Station.
#UPDATE Mumbai Police: 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. https://t.co/NcRQMNuCtB— ANI (@ANI) March 14, 2019
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh each to the family of the deceased and said a high-level committee will probe the circumstances under which the 40-year-old over-bridge collapsed.
"The injured persons will get Rs 50,000 each and the government will bear the cost of their treatment," Fadnavis said, adding that officials found responsible for the incident will be booked.
"I have ordered a high-level inquiry into this unfortunate incident which puts a question mark over the authenticity of the structural audit of bridges carried out across the city," he added.
#UPDATE Disaster Management Unit (DMU) of BMC (Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation): Five people have died in the incident where part of a foot over bridge near CSMT railway station collapsed. #Mumbai pic.twitter.com/juiLAQZOvk— ANI (@ANI) March 14, 2019
Expressing grief on the incident, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted: "Deeply anguished by the loss of lives due to the foot overbridge accident in Mumbai. My thoughts are with the bereaved families. Wishing that the injured recover at the earliest. The Maharashtra Government is providing all possible assistance to those affected."
Meanwhile, Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala targeted the BJP government at the Centre and state and demanded Railway Minister Piyush Goyal's resignation. "Modi Government and Maharashtra Govt are criminally culpable for inaction leading to repeat tragedies-: 29/9/2017-Elphistone Stampede. 3/7/2018-Andheri Bridge Collapse. Rly Min’s tall claims of Audit have failed time and again. Rly Min, Piyush Goyal must resign or be sacked," he tweeted.
“A slab of the bridge had collapsed. Railways and BMC will conduct an inquiry into its maintenance. Bridge wasn't in a bad condition, it required minor repairs for which work was underway. Why was it not closed until the work was completed, it'll also be probed,” Tawde said.
"The state will provide for the treatment of the injured...We will give further update to you as and when we get information," he added.
Fire brigade personnel are removing the debris of the bridge. (Image credit: ANI)
Ministry of Railways has extended supports to the victims. "The bridge was of BMC (Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation). However, we're extending all our supports to the victims. Railway doctors and personnel are cooperating with BMC in relief and rescue operations," the ministry said.
According to reports, the bridge - managed by the BMC - was 'fixed and revamped' in 2016.
Foot over bridge connecting CST platform 1 north end with B T Lane near Times of India building has collapsed. Injured persons are being shifted to hospitals. Traffic affected. Commuters to use alternate routes. Senior officers are on spot.— Mumbai Police (@MumbaiPolice) March 14, 2019
In September 2017, a foot over-bridge linking Elphinstone Road and Parel suburban railway stations had collapsed, leading to a stampede in which 22 people were killed and several injured.