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Heartbreaking visuals of devastation: Foot overbridge collapse in Mumbai

Heartbreaking visuals of devastation: Foot overbridge collapse in Mumbai”

Rescuers ended their search operation at the collapsed bridge about two hours after it fell, Satpal said, adding that authorities were sure there was no one trapped because the rubble had been cleared away.

The deceased have been identified as Apoorva Prabhu (35), Ranjana Tambe (40) and Zahid Shiraj Khan (32).

The injured have been admitted to nearby hospitals, a disaster management cell official said.

He also announced an ex-gratia compensation of Rs 5 Lakh each to the families of those who died in the incident and compensation of Rs 50,000 each to the injured.

"A slab of the bridge had collapsed".

"Fire brigade personnel reached the spot immediately and rescue work is in full swing".

The bridge, which connected the area near the Times of India building with the iconic Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus railway station, was commonly called "Kasab bridge" as the 26/11 Mumbai attack terrorist passed through it during the strike. 36 persons are said to be injured. Rail traffic remained unaffected. Senior police officers are on the spot, the Mumbai Police said on Twitter. Mumbai Police has also tweeted in this regard and has advised commuters to use alternate routes.

As per latest reports, an FIR has been being registered against concerned officials of Central Railway and BMC under section 304A (Causing death by negligence) of IPC at the Azaad Maidan Police Station.

An excavator was brought in to clear the debris that had blocked the movement of traffic on a busy road in south Mumbai.

The FOB is always crowded. Those with simple injuries got around Rs 25,000 each, and people who were seriously injured got more.

Another reason given by the witnesses was a cry of frustration, "phool gir gaya" (flowers have fallen), from a flower seller mistakenly construed as "pul gir gaya" (bridge has fallen).

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

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

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said he had ordered a high-level inquiry, ANI reported.

"I am not politicising the issue, but hollow promises are not going to serve the people anyway". The state government will provide for the treatment of injured people.

As per the information received, a part of foot over bridge near CSMT station in Mumbai collapsed.

After the two previous tragedies, the BMC, the Railways and other agencies had carried out a survey of all new and old railway bridges, flyovers, and foot over bridges, to ascertain any dangers and take preventive measures. "Action will be initiated against the responsible officials". "Strictest action will be taken", Fadnavis told media.

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. Even after that if such an incident happened, it raises a question on the audit. "They should be prosecuted and blacklisted", Galgali said.

The foot overbridge at CST which collapsed on Thursday, March 14, 2018. It is a public FOB, and not a railway FOB.

The CSMT bridge, near the landmark Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, was built in 1984.



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