Killed, 32 Injured as Foot Over Bridge Collapses Near CST Platform

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Five people were killed and 29 injured after a major portion of a foot overbridge near a train station in south Mumbai collapsed Thursday evening, officials said.

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

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. "A structural audit of the bridge had earlier been done and it was found to be fit", he said.

Though the overbridge was under fix, it was still in use.

As per the information received, a part of foot over bridge near CSMT station in Mumbai collapsed.

"Mumbaikars feel very much unsafe in the city, considering the frequent incidents of bridge collapses", the former MP said.

On Thursday, the news agency ANI quoted the Ministry of Railways as saying the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation was responsible for the foot overbridge at CST.

India's public infrastructure projects are substandard and collapse often in part because of corruption that leads to the construction of weak structure foundations and poor maintenance. At least 2 among the injured are stated toe be in critical condition.

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At least three of the dead were women, Mumbai police spokesman Manjunath Singe said.

"A slab of the bridge had collapsed". Following the incident, traffic has been affected. "Even after that if such incident happened, it raises question on the audit".

The bridge which connected the area near the Times of India building with the iconic CSMT station was commonly known as "Kasab bridge" as the 26/11 Mumbai attack terrorist passed through it during the terror strike.

Mumbai police have issued directions for traffic diversions, asking commuters to avoid CSMT and Crawford Market road.

The injured have been admitted to nearby hospitals, a disaster management cell official said. Hope administration takes swift action & provides urgent medical help to injured. An NDRF team was also moved to the spot. "This is failure of the government and the system", he added.

However, it was not on the list of eight dilapidated bridges in the city, which the corporation had published a week back while stating that the bridges would be repaired soon.

An eyewitness said the over-bridge was being used by pedestrians even as fix works were ongoing. Following the mishap, the civic body chose to undertake a structural audit of all the bridges in the city.

Out of these, 47 bridges are taken on priority.

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