Fix responsibility for bridge collapse by Friday evening: Maharashtra CM

Posted March 16, 2019

In 2017, a stampede broke out on a crowded pedestrian bridge connecting two railway stations in Mumbai, India's financial and entertainment capital, killing at least 22 people and injuring 32. "Spoke to BMC Commissioner and Mumbai Police officials and instructed to ensure speedy relief efforts in coordination with Railway Ministry officials", Fadnavis said. However, we're extending all our supports to the victims.

The bridge was commonly known as "Kasab bridge" as the 26/11 Mumbai attack terrorist passed through it during the terror strike. "It'll also be probed", he said. Injured persons have been shifted to Gokuldas Tejpal (GT), St George and LTMG hospital at Sion. The people in the area were affected and commuters were asked to use alternate routes.

As part of the re-audit, the civic body also reassigned the bridges that had been audited by the firm responsible for auditing the collapsed Himalaya footbridge at the city's CSTM railway station to another structural auditor.

Police registered cases against Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and Indian Railway officials charging them with culpable homicide.

Fadnavis said an ex-gratia payment of Rs 5 lakh would be made to the families of each of the dead, and Rs 50,000 to each of the injured.

At least five killed after pedestrian bridge collapse in Mumbai
Five injured as footover bridge collapses in Mumbai

There was a heavy noise and cries of people who had fallen from the bridge.

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

The part of the bridge at Cama Hospital end collapsed and at least 34 people were admitted to the hospital after the incident. BJP MLA Raj Purohit has demanded stern action against the audit team which failed to take precautionary action. He added that the state government would provide for their treatment. He further said, "Weeks before an audit of the bridge took place in 2018, the BMC changed the tiles at the bridge".

"I have sought a custody of documents related to the structural audit".

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