CSMT Bridge Collapse: FIR registered against BMC, Railway officials for negligence

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has ordered a high-level inquiry into the matter assuring that those responsible for the CSMT bridge collapse will be punished

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After the tragic collapse of Himalaya foot overbridge in South Mumbai, Mumbai Police filed an FIR against Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and Central Railway officials under section 304 – negligence leading to death or culpable homicide – of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) at Azad Maidan Police station.

This incident happened on Thursday around 7:30 in the evening which killed six people and left 36 injured. The injured were rushed to St. George and GT hospital. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis declared an ex-gratia of ₹5 lakh for the deceased while the injured will be provided with ₹50,000 and their medical fees will be taken up by the State Government. 

After Andheri’s Gokhale bridge collapsed last year, the BMC ordered the structural audit of all the bridges in Mumbai. Union Minister Piyush Goyal had informed regarding the same on the site of the incident. Himalaya foot over the bridge was also audited and was declared “safe” with the suggestion for minor repairs. 

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CM Fadnavis has ordered a high-level inquiry into the matter and assured that those responsible will be punished. Six people died while several were injured in the incident and are currently being treated at the hospital. Meanwhile, the blame game between BMC and Railway administration was ongoing until the civic body agreed that the collapsed bridge is their accountability. 

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