Footover Bridge at CSMT near Times of India building collapses

Footover bridge at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) near the Times of India building collapsed on March 14. Over 20-25 people have been affected due to the accident

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Updates:

  • FIR being registered against concerned officials of Central Railway and BMC under section 304A (Causing death by negligence) of IPC at Azaad Maidan Police Station.

  • Deeply anguished by the loss of lives due to the foot overbridge accident in Mumbai. My thoughts are with the bereaved families. Wishing that the injured recover at the earliest. The Maharashtra Government is providing all possible assistance to those affected, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweets.

  • Pained to hear about the FOB incident near TOI building in Mumbai. Spoke to BMC Commissioner and  officials and instructed to ensure speedy relief efforts in coordination with  officials, CM Fadnavis tweets.
  • Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis declares ₹5 lakh for the families of people who lost their lives while the injured will get ₹50,000.
  • 35-year old Apurva Prabhu, 40-year-old Ranjana Prabhu, 32-year-old Zaheed Siraj Khan along with an unidentified person have died in the accident.
  • Prabhu and Tambe were the staff of the G T Hospital.
  • All the people trapped in the debris have rescued. Two of the injured people are in critical condition.
  • All the injured have been admitted to St. George Hospital.
  • Traffic between CSMT and Crawford Market has been affected. Commuters advised avoiding the route.
  • Death toll reaches six and nearly 36 people are injured in the incident.

On March 14, a foot overbridge near the Times of India building at Mumbai's CSMT collapsed. The accident took place at around 7:30 pm and accordingly, rescue operations were undertaken. The bridge was a connection of CSMT's Platform Number One and the footpath near Times of India building.

As per the primary reports, six people have been reported to have died in the accident and over 36 people have suffered injuries. The injured have been moved to St George and GT hospital. At around 7:30 pm, the commuters were on their way back to the home when suddenly, a part of the bridge fell down. As per the local public, the bridge was crowded and mainly consisted of elderly people. 

Maharashtra Cabinet Minister Vinod Tawde said that the bridge wasn't 100 per cent hazardous and the municipal corporation had made some recommendations to repair the bridge. He added that Railways along with the municipal corporation will conduct a joint-investigation regarding the accident.

Surprisingly, as per the locals, the bridge was not in bad condition and still a part of the foot over bridge collapsed. This certainly has once again raised the question of safety of the bridges across Mumbai. The bridge was constructed in 1984, about 35 years ago.

Meanwhile, Railway Ministry stated that the bridge 'was of BMC' and still have offered their help to the injured: 

The reports regarding casualties are yet to be confirmed. Police along with fire brigade have reached the spot and rescue work has begun. Reportedly, the bridge that remains will be demolished overnight. Avoid driving between CSMT & Crawford Market. Travel via P.Dmello Road or Kalbadevi Marg. Emergency services are on active in Rescue operations.

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