Five injured as footover bridge collapses in Mumbai

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The victims included three women - Apoorva Prabhu, 35, Ranjana Tambe, 40, and Bhakti Shinde, 40.

Four people have been killed and dozens wounded when a pedestrian bridge collapsed near Mumbai's main train station, the latest accident to highlight creaking infrastructure in India's financial capital. Both GT and St George Hospital witnessed frantic scenes as injured and dead were brought after the mishap took place.

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

Thursday's collapse happened around 7.30 pm when a major portion of the bridge caved in, officials said.

Surprisingly, as per the locals, the bridge was not in bad condition and still a part of the foot over bridge collapsed.

The death toll in the FOB collapse incident has jumped to 5, whereas, at least 36 others have been confirmed as injured.

Commuters are advised to use the Mahapalika Marg from CST to the metro junction and ahead towards Princess Street flyover-Crawford Market-Chakala and Mohammed Ali Road, he said.

A 45-member team of the National Disaster Response Force was at the site.

Officials said that in the structural audit, the bridge at CST that collapsed on Thursday had been marked as "fit" and had only been recommended for "minor repairs". Meanwhile, a CR official said granite had been placed in 2018 on the bridge near CSMT during maintenance work, making the structure heavy. "The plan included changing the tiles of the bridge and new paint", said an official.

The accident comes nearly two years after 23 people died in a crush on a narrow overcrowded footbridge at Prabhadevi station in the centre of the city in September 2017.

"A slab of the bridge had collapsed. He is responsible for the entire disaster". The bridge was a connection of CSMT's Platform Number One and the footpath near Times of India building. It is a public FOB, and not a railway FOB.

The spot of the accident, located near the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) headquarters, is a very busy junction and traffic has been affected.

The issue of dilapidated bridges in the city came to fore after the Gokhale Bridge at Andheri collapsed a year ago.



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