At least 6 killed as pedestrian bridge collapses in Mumbai

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A pedestrian bridge connecting a train station with a road collapsed in Mumbai on Thursday, killing at least five people and injuring more than 30, police said.

The deceased have been identified as Apoorva Prabhu (35), Ranjana Tambe (40) and Zahid Shiraj Khan (32).

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis issued a statement following the fatal bridge collapse incident outside the CSMT railway station in Mumbai. Injured persons have been shifted to Gokuldas Tejpal (GT), St George and LTMG hospital at Sion. Senior police officers were also present at the spot to conduct the operations.

The bridge collapsed around 7.30 pm, the peak evening hour that sees the highest footfall.

Mumbai CST foot overbridge collapse: The collapsed foot overbridge. Authorities asked commuters to use alternate routes. As per the local public, the bridge was crowded and mainly consisted of elderly people.

A team of the National Disaster Response Force has rushed to the accident site. "Strictest action will be taken", Fadnavis told media.

An eyewitness said the over-bridge was being used by pedestrians even as fix works were ongoing.

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Meanwhile, Mumbai BJP leader Sanju Verma said the bridge collapse was a "natural calamity". "Railway doctors and personnel are cooperating with BMC in relief and rescue operations", the Ministry of Railways added.

"Thankfully, when the bridge collapsed, it was red signal at the nearby road, otherwise several people would definitely have been crushed under the rubble", said a taxi driver, who luckily escaped the tragedy.

Arvind Sawant, the local Shiv Sena MP, said, "This bridge was under minor-repairing after the audit of all bridges in the city".

In July past year, portion of a road over-bridge had collapsed in suburban Andheri. "He is responsible for the entire disaster", he said.

"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. The bridge was a connection of CSMT's Platform Number One and the footpath near Times of India building.

The spot of the accident, located near the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) headquarters, is a very busy junction and traffic has been affected. The bridge was constructed in 1984, about 35 years ago. While the estimated cost for the reconstruction, major and minor fix works is Rs 277 crore, the BMC has earmarked Rs 108 crore for it in 2019-20.

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