Mumbai footbridge collapse kills five and injures dozens

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A footover bridge near Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) railway station, which connects CSMT platform no. 1 (North end) with with BT Lane near The Times of India building and Azad Maidan police station in south Mumbai, has collapsed on Thursday evening. "Four of those taken to hospitals have succumbed to their injuries", Tanaji Kamble, a spokesperson for the local civic authority's disaster management cell, told AFP. Police have barricaded the place to ensure free-movement for rescue workers, whereas, the injured personnel are being rushed to the hospital. Traffic affected. Commuters to use alternate routes. "Senior officers are on spot".

Dr Vikas Miandad, medical superintendent of GT hospital, said that the three women who died were nurses working at GT hospital.

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

The bridge, which was under fix according to multiple Indian media reports, gave way around 7:30pm (14:00 GMT) on Thursday as rush hour commuters made their way into Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus.

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"Pained to hear about the foot over bridge incident near TOI building in Mumbai".

"Strictest action should be taken against the engineer who declared this bridge as safe and he should be arrested right now". "A structural audit of the bridge had earlier been done and it was found to be fit", he said.

"The slab of the FOB collapsed at around 7.30pm". Fire engines and an ambulance were also at the site. At least 2 among the injured are stated toe be in critical condition.

The city traffic is now closed on both sides between CST junction and JJ flyover till further orders, said a police official.

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The railway shrugged away from the responsibility saying that it was a public bridge and the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) was responsible for its maintenance.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said those responsible for this tragedy will be charged with "culpable homicide". "He is responsible for the entire disaster", he said.

Tawde meanwhile said an enquiry into the collapse would be conducted by the Railways and the BMC.

An eyewitness said the over-bridge was being used by pedestrians even as fix works were ongoing. He added that the state government would provide for their treatment.

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In July a year ago, portion of a road over-bridge had collapsed in suburban Andheri. Railway Minister Piyush Goyal had then announced a joint safety audit of all 445 bridges in Mumbai. Following the mishap, the civic body chose to undertake a structural audit of all the bridges in the city.

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