Mumbai Bridge Collapse: Bollywood celebrities express their shock and anger over negligence

Evarado Alatorre
Marcha 15, 2019

At least five people have been killed and dozens injured after a footbridge collapsed near Mumbai's main train station. Police officials as well as rescue workers rushed to the spot within minutes, and the injured are being treated at the GT Hospital nearby and St. George Hospital. "A structural audit of the bridge had earlier been done and it was found to be fit", he said. Some motorists who were passing beneath the bridge were among those injured, the official said.

The accident came nearly two years after at least 22 people died in a rush hour stampede that broke out on a crowded pedestrian bridge connecting two railway stations in central Mumbai in 2017.

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

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.

India's public infrastructure projects are substandard and collapse often in part because of corruption that leads to the construction of weak structure foundations and poor maintenance. "Senior officers are on spot [sic]".

In the first budget proposed after the Elphinstone Road station stampede, highest allocation was made for foot overbridges in the city.

Could this be the last step for a Mumbaikar
Could this be the last step for a Mumbaikar

"The slab of the FOB collapsed at around 7.30pm".

Work on removing the debris was on in full swing and the traffic was expected to be restored on the D. N. Road towards north Mumbai shortly, an official said. "Even after that if such incident happened, it raises question on the audit".

Visuals showed a large gap in the bridge, which connects CSMT platform's 1 north end with BT Lane near the Times of India building in South Mumbai.

Traffic between CSMT and Crawford Market has been affected. Injured persons are being shifted to hospitals.

Tawde said that according to preliminary information he received from the officials the bridge was not in a visibly dilapidated condition, though local corportor Sujata Sanap said that the FOB wasn't audited during recent drive of the BMC while former MP Milind Deora demanded that a case of culpable homicide be registered against officials responsible for the mishap. "This is failure of the government and the system", he added. "Strictest action will be taken", Fadnavis told media.

However, it was not on the list of eight dilapidated bridges in the city, which the corporation had published a week back while stating that the bridges would be repaired soon. The bridge was constructed in 1984, about 35 years ago. As part of the survey, a structural audit of 344 bridges was undertaken.

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