Mumbai CST station bridge collapse: At least 5 killed, 34 injured;

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 At least five people have been killed and 34 others have been injured as a foot overbridge at Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus railway station collapsed on Thursday evening.

Mumgai: Five people have died and at least 36 people are injured after a foot overbridge near the landmark Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) railway station in Mumbai collapsed this evening. The collapse at one of the busiest stations in Mumbai took place during peak hours, around 7:30 pm, when there was a lot of rush on the overbridge.

Of the five casualties, two were women, both staff of nearby GT Hospital, where some of the injured have been taken.

“Foot over bridge connecting CST platform 1 north end with B T Lane near Times of India building has collapsed,” the Mumbai Police tweeted.”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,”

Three of the deceased have been identified as Appurva Prabhu, Ranjan Tambe and Shahid Khan.

The National Disaster Response Force or NDRF initially said 10 to 12 people were feared trapped under the debris but police later clarified that was not the case.The traffic in the area has been affected. The police have asked commuters to use alternate routes.

“We are trying to decongest the area so as to ensure easy movement of ambulances. That’s all I can say right now,” Amitesh Kumar, Joint Commissioner of Police, Traffic, told NDTV over the phone.

The CSMT bridge was not part of a safety audit ordered after another foot overbridge had collapsed last year in Andheri. 445 such bridges had to be assessed in a safety audit after last July’s Andheri bridge collapse.

The 40-year-old bridge at the Andheri station had crumpled after heavy rain. Railway Minister Piyush Goyal had then said the Andheri bridge, built in 1971, had a “design flaw”.Nine months before that, in 2017, 23 people were killed in a stampede when the Elphinstone Bridge had collapsed.

The Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and serves as the headquarters of the Central Railways.The incident took place at around 07:20 pm, which a peak hour for commuters to use the bridge to reach the station, while thousands of others were passing under the bridge. The incident has brought the parts of the metropolis to a standstill as long traffic jams are being reported from the area.

 

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