Footover bridge near CST railway station collapses; 3 deaths reported

Saul Bowman
March 16, 2019

The tragedy comes eight months after another bridge collapsed in suburban Andheri, in which five persons were killed.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone I) Abhishek Trimukhe said, "We have sought all documents concerned with the bridge from the BMC". The bridge was said to be under fix, but was still in use. The injured have been shifted to St George Hospital and GT Hospital.

ANI reported that senior police officers and the fire brigade, as well as ambulances, were rushed to the location.

The BMC has suspended two officials and ordered inquiry against two retired officials. 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.

The civic body ordered a show-cause notice to be issued to the contractor who undertook the fix work, RPS Infraprojects Limited.

Local BJP MLA Raj Purohit also visited the spot and demanded immediate action against the engineer who had declared the bridge as "safe". The removal of the collapsed bridge's steel frame began on Friday. Mr. Mehta also ordered the filing of an FIR against and the blacklisting of D. D. Desai, the structural auditor.

"I am not politicising the issue, but hollow promises are not going to serve the people anyway".

The accident comes nearly two years after at least 22 people died after a stampede broke out on a crowded pedestrian bridge connecting two railway stations in central Mumbai in 2017. "This is failure of the government and the system", he added. "Nobody will be spared and those responsible will be punished", he said.

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

They further added that out of 314 bridges, the audit report had endorsed the demolition and reconstruction of only 14 bridges, including five FOBs, major repairs to 47 others and minor repairs of another 176.

In July past year, portion of a road over-bridge had collapsed in suburban Andheri.

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