The foot overbridge, which collapsed, connected CSMT platform 1 north end with BT Lane – a busy intersection. Several cars were passing under the bridge when it collapsed. The accident has caused long traffic jams at all connecting roads in Mumbai.
At least five people have been killed and 36 others have been injured as a foot overbridge at Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus railway station collapsed on Thursday evening.
Five deceased have been identified as Appurva Prabhu, Ranjana Tambe, Jahid Khan, Sarika Kulkarni and Tapendra Singh.
“The bridge collapsed with a loud noise. There were two women under the bridge, one of them also had a baby with her. There were a female street hawker and a hospital employee at the time of the collapse,” Rajesh Rahulkar, an eyewitness told media.
The rescue and relief teams have removed the debris and all the injured have been transported to St George Hospital nearby.
Maharashtra minister Vinod Tawde informed media that the bridge had been identified for minor repairs in a safety audit, for which work was underway. However, why the structure was not closed off until the due repair is a matter of investigation and BMC and railways will look into it, the minister said.
He further informed that the state government will pay the medical expenses of those injured will be bridge collapse.
Maharashtra CM has announced an ex-gratia of Rs 5 Lakh to be given to the families of those who died in the incident and compensation of Rs 50,000 each to be given to the injured.