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Mumbai footbridge collapse: Toll rises to 5, 30 hurt


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Mumbai, Mar 14 (IANS): At least five persons were killed and another 30 injured, including some critically, when a portion of a overhead pedestrian bridge outside the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus came crashing down on Thursday.

The victims included three women - Apoorva Prabhu, 35, Ranjana Tambe, 40, and Bhakti Shinde, 40. The two men killed were identified as Zahid Siraj Khan, 32 and Tapendra Singh, 35.

The incident - the third footbridge collapse in the city in the last 18 months - occurred around 7.35 p.m. as the bridge was reportedly overloaded with commuters hurrying to their homes, the BMC Disaster Control said.

Connecting the CSMT's suburban platform No. 1 with the B.T. Lane near The Times of India Building and the Anjuman-e-Islam School, it was used by thousands of daily commuters rushing to catch the local trains on Central Railway and the Harbour Line.

The injured have been rushed to the St. George Hospital and G. T. Hospital, besides Sion Hospital, said officials.

Politicians from several parties including the Bharatiya Janata Party, the Shiv Sena, the Congress, the Nationalist Congress Party and others rushed to the site and activists helped in the rescue operations.

Officials claimed that the bridge was found to be sturdy after a recent structural audit and only needed a few minor repairs.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed deep anguish over the deaths and said the Maharashtra government is providing all possible assistance to all those affected.

Railway Minister Piyush Goyal expressed "sincere condolences to the family of the victims" and said the railway doctors and personnel are assisting the local authorities grapple with the tragedy.

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said he was "pained" to hear of the tragedy, and spoke to BMC Commissioner Ajoy Mehta and Mumbai Police and instructed them to ensure speedy relief efforts.

On the other hand, former Union Minister Milind Deora said it was absolutely unacceptable that the bridge collapsed just six months after a structural audit and demanded a case of murder be lodged against the BMC officials responsible for this negligence.

Maharashtra Congress President Ashok Chavan also demanded stringent action against the officials responsible for negligent administration which cost five human lives.

NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik condoled the deaths and wished speedy recovery to the injured.

A foot over bridge at the Elphinstone Road railway station had crashed on September 29, 2017, killing 29 commuters, while on July 3, 2018 when a portion of the foot over bridge crashed on the railway tracks near Andheri station, killing at least one and injuring many more.

After the two previous tragedies, the BMC, the Railways and other agencies had carried out a survey of all new and old railway bridges, flyovers, and foot over bridges, to ascertain any dangers and take preventive measures.

On account of the falling debris, peak hour traffic towards Byculla and Dadar and beyond was diverted, creating massive snarls across south Mumbai. Rail traffic remained unaffected.

Work on removing the debris was on in full swing and the traffic was expected to be restored on the D. N. Road towards north Mumbai shortly, an official said.


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  • Asif, Mangalore

    Fri, Mar 15 2019

    Unfortunately the benefit for the people is last on every political parties agenda and the day we have a govt. Who truly is working for the benefit of the people who have voted for them we would be living in a developed country and not developing country.

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  • SD, Bangalore

    Fri, Mar 15 2019

    All Modi 's BJP government done in the past 5 years is making tall promises and spending, Tax payers hard earned money on election and pet projects like bullet train, tall statue.

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  • Santan Mascarenhas, Kinnigoli/Mumbai

    Fri, Mar 15 2019

    The Elphinstone bridge was built by British, but it did not collapse, people died of stampede. This bridge was recently built, but it collapsed. If you see everywhere, due to corruption, after paying so many officials, the contractors use substandard materials and less cement. The government or municipality may be run by any political party, same corruption is there.

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  • Raghavendra M K, Mumbai Maharashtra

    Fri, Mar 15 2019

    Common people died due the negligence of government in maintaining the foot over bridge at CST Crawford market side. Total six people died including two nurses who are on way to their night
    duties at G T hospital many seriously injured.
    In all the TV news channels maximum number of politicians including ministers MP MLAs are giving different statement questioning the responsibility of civic worker and engineers without taking responsibility for themselves and when reporters asks question about their responsibility they never answered diverted it different way.
    The state government and central government is busy with building statue of forgotten leaders spending crores of rupees and do not have time and money for the welfare and security of common citizens of the country. JAI HIND

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  • Jacob Mendonsa, Sydney - Australia

    Fri, Mar 15 2019

    But we have enough money to build Bullet Train & to buy Unity Statue

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  • Valson Mendonsa, Mangalore/USA

    Fri, Mar 15 2019

    Innocent Lives Lost..This is all about "Amchi Mathi" need more Education & Training .. how to Build/Maintain & deal with the crowded city.. most of the Bridges constructed during the British time..
    I feel really sorry for the lost lives.. they don't know who's fault....and why they have to go thro' this..

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  • Sunil K, Mangalore

    Fri, Mar 15 2019

    Don't let Modi in Mumbai for bhashan rally. He will scream out as an 'Act of Fraud' and blame the CM just like he did in Bengal.

    On a somber note, sympathies to the families of the bereaved and hope all the injured make a quick recovery.

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  • Santosh, Managlore

    Thu, Mar 14 2019

    My worry is that I'm not able to see developed smart cities of India in my lifetime.

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  • Valerian DSouza, Udupi/Mumbai

    Thu, Mar 14 2019

    Extremely sad incident.
    Government talks a lot about peoples welfare but factually cares a least, evident from this incident.
    Inspite of Elphinstone and Andheri Bridge collapse in recent times, nothing learnt and improved.
    People are also responsible, for they have encouraged their leaders to speak on non issues which engrosses their minds and REAL ISSUES like this are kept in back burner.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Thu, Mar 14 2019

    Now you will understand the need for Education ...

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Thu, Mar 14 2019

    People will not forgive BJP ...

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  • Dylan, Mangalore

    Thu, Mar 14 2019

    Not only BJP but NDA will not be forgiven.

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  • dylan, Mangalore

    Thu, Mar 14 2019

    Very sad and heartfelt sympathies to the families of the killed citizens of Bombay. This is when the center, state and local corporation is ruled by the same party. Elected representatives only interested in changing name of cities,towns and etc.. The result of reservation everywhere in India.

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  • J N Lobo, Mumbai

    Thu, Mar 14 2019

    4 dead, 34 admitted to St George Hospital , 14 are in serious condition and some are still under the debris.
    For us, Bullet Train from Ahmadabad to Mumbai BKC is utmost priority than the safety in existing railway stations. After the great tragedy at Elphinston Road station this is the second one in 18 months.

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  • KK, Kateel Road , Bajpe

    Thu, Mar 14 2019

    One more bridge collapses. No accountability, no responsibility!

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  • El En Tea, Mumbai

    Thu, Mar 14 2019

    No maintenance by Mr. Majbooth
    Hope Death victims atleast get compensation from their own savings deducted for PM Jivan Bhima Yojna.

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  • AMAR NATHAL, MANGALORE

    Thu, Mar 14 2019

    Very sorry for the lives lost and to the injury it caused. Seems it was British era bridge? Its time for 'Make-in-India'. We cannot be spending all our time, money and energy blaming the british. Build our own standard bridge and give Indian name. Otherwise we will make this election issue saying enemies of the nation supported the british and we have to clean up the mess of british constructions.

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  • mohan, Mangalore

    Thu, Mar 14 2019

    Where is piush goel......he is giving big bhashans of developments ..... what he is doing....

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  • Prescilla, Pune

    Thu, Mar 14 2019

    He is enjoying Ambani’s daughter’ s wedding! Front row guest!

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  • Alfria, Mumbai/Mangalore

    Fri, Mar 15 2019

    Piush goyal is busy don't disturb him

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Thu, Mar 14 2019

    I'm Safe ...

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  • Deepak, Mangalore

    Thu, Mar 14 2019

    It's called kasab bridge. Connecting to azad maidan to V.T..foot bridge.

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