Mumbai, March 14: A foot over bridge (FOB) outside the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj (CST) Railway station in Mumbai collapsed on Thursday. Some motorists who were driving under the bridge when it collapsed were among the injured, the Press Trust of India news agency reported.
An audit of the bridge's safety was carried out a year ago, said Maharashtra state Education Minister Vinod Tawde.
Maharashtra Cabinet Minister Vinod Tawde said that the bridge wasn't 100 per cent hazardous and the municipal corporation had made some recommendations to fix the bridge.
"In an unfortunate incident a portion of a foot overbridge (FOB) over the road outside CSMT station collapsed".
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said those responsible for this tragedy will be charged with "culpable homicide". He added that Railways along with the municipal corporation will conduct a joint-investigation regarding the accident. "Few minutes later, we saw almost 15 people severely injured after having fallen from the bridge", he said.
At least three of the dead were women, Mumbai police spokesman Manjunath Singe said. "Mumbaikars feel very unsafe in the city, considering the frequent incidents of bridge collapses", the former MP said.
Traffic on the arterial road leading to the foot overbridge has been hit after the incident.
"This incident puts a question mark over the competence of engineers and structural auditors who inspected bridges in Mumbai".
The Mumbai Police, from their official handle, tweeted at 7.46 p.m. saying, "Foot overbridge connecting platform 1 north end with BT Lane near Times Of India building has collapsed". The injured have been admitted to St George Hospital. BJP MLA Raj Purohit has demanded stern action against the audit team which failed to take precautionary action. Trafic affected. Commuters to use alternate routes.
A case has been registered against officials of Central Railway and the BMC in connection with the incident, police said. "During the audit, "minor repairing" was consulted for this bridge. Why was it not closed until the work was completed, it will also be probed.The state will provide for the treatment of the injured.We will give further update to you as and when we get information", Tawde who visited the mishap spot told the media.
The National Disaster Response Force meanwhile said 10 to 12 people are thought to be trapped under the debris.
In July past year, portion of a road over-bridge had collapsed in suburban Andheri.
"Railway Minister's tall claims of audit have failed time and again".
Following the order, the railways, the BMC and the IIT-Bombay had conducted a safety audit.