A foot over bridge in Mumbai near Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus railway station collapsed on Thursday, 14th March, 2019. The over bridge provided a connection between the north-end of platform number one of the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus and BT lane near the Times of India building. The collapse occurred at one of the busiest station at around 7:30pm while there was a huge rush going on the over bridge.
According to reports given by eye witnesses, the bridge was under repair in the morning of 14th March. Even while the repair was being carried out, the bridge was under use. Over lakh of people used this foot bridge everyday which was constructed in 1984. According to the disaster management cell official some motorists where passing beneath the bridge when the accident occurred, who were then injured.
As per the reports of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, thirty-six people have sustained injuries, whereas at least five people have died in the collapse.
The injured people have been shifted to St. George hospital, Gokuldas Tejpal Hospital and Bombay Hospital for their treatment.
The chief minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis said that in a structural audit carried out last year the last year the bridge was found to be fit. He further added that if the bridge has still collapsed, it means that there was some error in the audit. The Chief minister has announced a compensation of Rupees 5 lakhs to the family members of the deceased and an amount of Rupees 50000 to those who have suffered injuries in the over bridge collapse.
FURTHER UPDATES ON THE OVERBRIDGE COLLAPSE
- Out of the five deceased, there were women- a 35 year old Apoorva Prabhu, 40 year old Ranjana Tambe and a 35 year old Sarika Kulkarni. Zahid shirag khan and Tapendra singh aged 32 and 35 year old respectively were the remaining two casualties.
- The traffic has been diverted to Mahanagar palika road towards the metro junction according to the reports provided by Mumbai police.
- According to eye witness, the death toll was contained due to a red light at a nearby signal when the collapse occurred.