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Highlights | Case of negligence filed by Mumbai cops after bridge collapse

Mumbai foot over bridge Near CST collapse Update: A portion of a foot overbridge collapsed on Thursday evening near Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus in Mumbai.

By HT Correspondent | Mar 15, 2019 04:21 IST
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A portion of a foot overbridge collapsed on Thursday evening near Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus in Mumbai.Many others are feared to be trapped in the debris.

Here are the highlights:

12:00 am IST

Rahul Gandhi expresses grief

11:49 pm IST

Case of negligence filed by Mumbai cops after bridge collapse

The Mumbai police have registered a case against railways and concerned officer of BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation at Azad Maidan police station under section 304 (A) of the Indian penal code (Causing death by negligence). 

11:24 pm IST

Death toll rises to 6

Another person has succumbed to injuries taking the death toll in the Mumbai bridge collapse to 6. Mohan Kayangude, 58, died while undergoing treatment in GT hospital.

11:13 pm IST

Mumbai Police to register case in foot overbridge collapse: ANI

Mumbai Police to register a case in the incident where a portion of a foot over bridge near CSMT railway station collapsed earlier this evening, reported news agency ANI.

11:04 pm IST

NDRF team withdrawn from accident spot after completion of the rescue op

The NDRF team was withdrawn from the accident spot at 10.34 pm after the completion of the rescue operation. 5 people have died and 33 have been injured in the incident where part of a foot over bridge near CSMT railway station collapsed in Mumbai earlier this evening.

10:48 pm IST

Accident happened even as the audit report said bridge was safe and just needs minor repairs: Shiv Sena MP

“After Elphinstone incident, a safety audit was done on this bridge, where it was cleared. This happened even after the audit clearance which said the bridge was safe and just needs minor repairs. The guilty officers should be probed,” said Shiv Sena MP Anil Desai.

10:43 pm IST

‘Commuter safety needs attention’: Sachin Tendulkar

“Distressed at the news of the fall of part of the overbridge at CST. Praying for the injured.Commuter safety needs attention and hoping that authorities act to prevent such incidents,” said Sachin Tendulkar.

10:27 pm IST

Bridge used by thousands of commuters rushing to catch local trains

Connecting the CSMT’s suburban platform No. 1 with the B.T. Lane near The Times of India Building and the Anjuman-e-Islam School, it was used by thousands of daily commuters rushing to catch the local trains on Central Railway and the Harbour Line.

The injured have been rushed to the St. George Hospital and G. T. Hospital, besides Sion Hospital, said officials.

10:13 pm IST

3rd major foot overbridge tragedy in Mumbai in past 18 months

This is the third major foot over bridge tragedy in Mumbai in the past 18 months.

A foot over bridge at the Elphinstone Road railway station crashed on September 29, 2017, killing 29 commuters.

The second occurred on July 3, 2018 when a portion of the foot over bridge crashed on the railway tracks near Andheri station, killed at least one and injuring many more.

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.

Officials claimed that the bridge that crashed on Thursday was found to be sturdy and only needing a few minor repairs.

Politicians from several parties including the Bharatiya Janata Party, the Shiv Sena, the Congress, the Nationalist Congress Party and others rushed to the site and activists helped in the rescue operations.

10:07 pm IST

‘Collapse of foot overbridge deeply saddening’: Rajnath Singh

“The collapse of a foot Overbridge in Mumbai is deeply saddening. My thoughts are with the families who lost their loved ones in this accident. I pray for the speedy recovery of the injured,” said home minister Rajnath Singh.

10:03 pm IST

Two of the deceased were staff of GT Hospital

Five of the injured succumbed to their injuries in the Mumbai bridge collapse. The deceased included Apoorva Prabhu (35), Ranjana Tambe (40), Zahid Shiraj Khan (32), Sarika kulkarni (35) and Tapendra Singh (35). Of the three deceased women, two were the staff of GT Hospital.

10:02 pm IST

‘Red light at signal saved lives’: Witness of overbridge collapse

A red signal at a traffic junction near a foot overbridge (FOB), a major part of which caved in here Thursday evening, proved lucky for a large number of motorists who were waiting for it to turn green.

Without the red signal, the motorists would have passed under the ill-fated bridge near the CSMT railway station, a global heritage site, when a part of it came crashing at around 7.30 pm.

9:57 pm IST

Have ordered for a high level inquiry: Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis

“I’ve ordered for a high level inquiry. A structural audit of the bridge had earlier been done&it was found to be fit. Even after that if such incident happened, it raises question on the audit. Inquiry will be done. Strictest action will be taken,” said Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis while announcing Rs 5 lakh ex-gratia to the kin of the deceased and Rs 50,000 for the injured.

9:44 pm IST

‘Deeply anguished’: PM Modi on Mumbai foot overbridge collapse

“Deeply anguished by the loss of lives due to the foot overbridge accident in Mumbai. My thoughts are with the bereaved families. Wishing that the injured recover at the earliest. The Maharashtra Government is providing all possible assistance to those affected,” tweeted PM Modi.

9:38 pm IST

Traffic closed between CST junction and JJ flyover

Mumbai traffic police said, “In view of the collapse of the Times of India FOB, traffic is being closed on both bounds between CST junction and JJ Flyover. Commuters are advised to use the Mahapalika Marg from CST to Metro Junction and ahead towards Princess Street Flyover/ Crawford Market/ Chakala and Mohammed Ali Road. Commuters coming from JJ Flyover may take a right turn towards Crawford Market/ Metro Junction/ CST and ahead or take a left turn at Nesbit junction and move further to PD mellow road/Avatar Singh bedi chowk to CST/ lion Gate, Regal junction and further.”

9:33 pm IST

‘Have instructed to ensure speedy relief efforts’: Maharashtra CM

“Pained to hear about the foot over bridge incident near TOI building in Mumbai. Spoke to BMC Commissioner and Mumbai Police officials and instructed to ensure speedy relief efforts in coordination with Railway Ministry officials,” said Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis.

9:27 pm IST

Death toll rises to 5

“Five people have died in the incident where part of a foot overbridge near CSMT railway station collapsed,” said Disaster Management Unit (DMU) of BMC.

9:24 pm IST

Accident comes almost two years after a crush on foot overbridge at Mumbai’s Prabhadevi

The accident comes almost two years after 23 people died in a crush on a narrow overcrowded footbridge at Prabhadevi station in the centre of the city in September 2017.

9:21 pm IST

State will provide for the treatment of the injured: State minister Tawde

“The state will provide for the treatment of the injured...We will give further update to you as and when we get information,” said state minister Vinod Tawde.

8:20 pm IST

Govt must file an FIR against guilty officers under murder charges: Congress leader

“This bridge is under the BMC. As far as I know, an audit was conducted on the bridge 6 months ago which said the bridge was safe. I want to know who were these officers who made and cleared this audit report. The government must file an FIR against guilty officers under murder charges as Mumbaikars aren’t safe. They need to show accountability,”said Congress leader Milind Deora.

9:08 pm IST

Bridge under repair, will probe why it wasn’t shut: State minister

“Railways and the BMC will jointly conduct an inquiry into the incident. The bridge was not considered dilapidated but some minor repairs were to be conducted. It will be probed why it was not shut for commuters,” said state minister Vinod Tawde.

9:01 pm IST

NDRF team rushes to bridge collapse site in Mumbai

“A 45-member team has been rushed to bridge collapse site in Mumbai,” told National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) to news agency PTI.

8:56 pm IST

Death toll rises to 4

The death toll in Mumbai foot overbridge collapse has risen to 4, said BMC disaster management cell.

8:49 pm IST

Extending all our supports to the victims: Ministry of railways

“The bridge was of BMC (Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation). However, we’re extending all our supports to the victims. Railway doctors & personnel are cooperating with BMC in relief & rescue operations,” said ministry of railways on part of foot over bridge collapse in Mumbai.

8:47 pm IST

Urge party workers to help in any way they can: Congress

“We are deeply saddened by the news of the Mumbai bridge collapse, our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those who lost their lives and we wish the injured a speedy recovery. We urge all Congress workers to help in any way they can,” tweeted Congress.

8:45 pm IST

More than 20 people on the bridge when a part of it collapsed: Eyewitness

“There were more than 20 people on the bridge when a part of it collapsed. I saw one person who was crying for help and I took him to GT hospital. He was a worker at the Metro Construction site near Azad Maidan,” said Lahu Kurhade, an eyewitness to the incident,

8:43 pm IST

‘Saw nearly 15 people severely injured who had fallen from the bridge’: Passerby

“We heard a loud sound and rushed near the bridge. For first two minutes, we could not see anything as there was dust everywhere. Few minutes later, we saw nearly 15 people severely injured who had fallen from the bridge. Me and my friends took 4 people to GT hospital. I saw three women on the road that were completely unresponsive and took them to the hospital.” said 30-year-old Imran Khan, a passerby.

8:40 pm IST

Fire brigade personnel, rescue team on accident spot

“Fire brigade personnel reached the spot immediately and rescue work is in full swing. We have appealed the motorists to avoid the D N road to JJ flyover section,” told a police official to news agency PTI.

8:30 pm IST

2 women dead, several feared trapped under debris

Two women were killed and at least 34 people were injured as a and debris as a portion of a foot overbridge collapsed on Thursday evening near Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus in Mumbai. Several people are feared trapped under debris.

8:27 pm IST

Traffic affected as Mumbai foot overbridge collapses

The traffic was affected after the bridge collapse. Commuters were told to use alternate routes by the Mumbai police. Senior officers are on spot, Mumbai police tweeted.

8:25 pm IST

Bridge connects CST railway station with Azad maidan police station

The bridge connected the bustling Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus railway station with the Azad Maidan Police Station.

8:22 pm IST

Several feared trapped under debris

Several people are feared trapped under the debris of the collapsed concrete, according to information from Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s Disaster Management department.

8:21 pm IST

20 people injured: BMC disaster management team

According to the BMC’s disaster manangement team, 20 people were injured in the incident. Ten have been admitted to GT hospital and six in St George Hospital.