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At Least 4 Dead As Pedestrian Bridge Collapses

15 March 2019, 10:54 | Glen Norman

At least five killed after pedestrian bridge collapse in Mumbai

Mumbai pedestrian bridge

The victims included three women - Apoorva Prabhu, 35, Ranjana Tambe, 40, and Bhakti Shinde, 40. The bridge connected the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus railway station with the Azad Maidan Police Station. Injured persons have been shifted to Gokuldas Tejpal (GT), St George and LTMG hospital at Sion.

Rajesh Das, a labour who visited Mumbai for work said, "Along with two other friends I was going to Kolkata".

According to some commuters, it was making unusual noises for past few days, while some other who were around while the mishap took place, said that a major portion of the pathway of the FOB caved in injuring several commuters.

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A red signal at a traffic junction near a foot overbridge (FOB), a major part of which caved in here Thursday evening, proved lucky for a large number of motorists who were waiting for it to turn green.

However, this is not the first incident of the bridge collapsing in Mumbai. Commuters advised avoiding the route.

Part of a 40-year-old Gokhale bridge at the Andheri station collapsed amid heavy rain on 3 July 2018 last year and five people were injured.

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Shiv Sena MP Arvind Sawant rushed to the site of accident, and assured an inquiry into the FOB collapse. Police along with fire brigade have reached the spot and rescue work has begun. "Railway doctors and personnel are cooperating with BMC in relief and rescue operations", reports quoted Ministry of Railways as saying.

Immediately after the pedestrian pathway collapse at Andheri station, Union railway minister Piyush Goyal had ordered an audit of 445 bridge structures that were crossing the railway tracks or were adjacent to it. Famous cricketer Sachin Tendulkar also took to Twitter and prayed for those who were injured in the bridge collapse. Later on, the BMC had appointed a private consultant for structural audit of the bridge in 2017-18 in which the bridge was declared in C2 B, which means it needs minor repairs. He added that Railways along with the municipal corporation will conduct a joint-investigation regarding the accident.

"Foot over bridge connecting CSMT platform 1 north end with BT Lane near Times of India building has collapsed". Following the mishap, the civic body made a decision to undertake a structural audit of all the bridges in the city.

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