Yet another incident shows the state of infrastructure in the Railway Network in Mumbai. Four people have died and 34 have been injured after a foot over pedestrian bridge in the premises of the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) collapsed at around 7:45 PM. More people are said to be stuck under the debris.
A portion of the floor of the bridge, which connects the station complex with the Times of India building gave way while in use. The bridge is maintained by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, which is a mere 500 metres away.
Mumbai Police tweeted around 7:46 PM, (Refer: https://twitter.com/MumbaiPolice/status/1106197431526543366)
Noted Journalist Faye D’Souza also carried out a series of tweets on the freak accident
Mumbai South MP Arvind Sawant said on a national TV channel, “The bridge belonged to the railways and was maintained by the BMC. Irrespective of who the bridge belongs to, the BMC had conducted an audit, and I am not responsible for it.”
Concerned people also took to twitter for voicing out their complaints for other stations.
The collapse has caused traffic jams near areas like JJ Flyover, Fort and Crawford Market.
The bridge was allegedly repaired in 2016. The injured people have been rushed to nearby hospitals for treatment. Two nurses from GT Hospital were also amongst the ones killed.
The passenger amenities committee of the Railway Board had allegedly suggested repairs of the collapsed bridge in 2018.
On 29th September, 2017, a stampede on the connecting foot-over bridge between Parel and Prabhadevi stations killed 25 people. This prompted the Indian Army to build a foot-over bridge connecting the two stations within a few months.