Mumbai bridge crash: 6 dead; BMC-Railways face heat

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At least five killed after pedestrian bridge collapse in Mumbai

Mumbai: A foot over bridge near Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT), formerly known as VT Railway Station, has collapsed during the rush hours Thursday late in the afternoon.

The deceased were identified as Apoorva Prabhu (35), Anjana Tambe (40), Bhakti Shinde (40), Zahid Shiraj Khan (32), Tapendra Singh (28) and Mohan, said the disaster management cell of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis issued a statement following the fatal bridge collapse incident outside the CSMT railway station in Mumbai. Injured persons are being shifted to hospitals.

Traffic between CSMT and Crawford Market has been affected.

Rajesh Das, a labour who visited Mumbai for work said, "Along with two other friends I was going to Kolkata".

The incident, which took place in the evening, saw a slab of the bridge collapse, killing six people and injuring 31.

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.

The incident - the third footbridge collapse in the city in the last 18 months - occurred around 7.35 p.m.as the bridge was reportedly overloaded. Authorities asked commuters to use alternate routes.

A team of the National Disaster Response Force has rushed to the accident site.

Meanwhile, Mumbai BJP leader Sanju Verma said the bridge collapse was a "natural calamity". The casualty count is feared to rise further, said an official. "Railway doctors and personnel are cooperating with BMC in relief and rescue operations", reports quoted Ministry of Railways as saying.

That collapse, at Mumbai's Elphinstone Road railway station, had left 23 people dead. The bridge wasn't in a bad condition, it required minor repairs for which work was underway.

The tragedy comes eight months after another bridge collapsed in suburban Andheri, in which five persons were killed.

Social activist Anil Galgali demanded that all the bridges, inspected by the engineers who had declared the ill-fated bridge as safe, be re-inspected. The bridge was constructed in 1984, about 35 years ago.

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