UPDATE: Disaster Management Unit of BMC updates the death toll in CSMT bridge collapse to five.
The deceased people are identified as:
Apoorva Prabhu, 32;
Anjana Tambe, 48;
And 2 unknown.
“Foot over bridge connecting CSMT platform 1 north end with BT Lane near Times of India building has collapsed. Injured persons are being shifted to hospitals.
Traffic affected. Commuters to use alternate routes. Senior officers are on spot,” tweeted Mumbai police.
The incident occurred as the bridge was reportedly overloaded with commuters hurrying to their homes, said the BMC Disaster Control Room.
The foot over bridge is often referred to as the Kasab bridge. Following the incident, traffic has been affected. Authorities asked commuters to use alternate routes.
PM, Fadnavis condole loss of lives in Mumbai CSMT bridge collapse:
Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, ‘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.’
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis tweeted, ‘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.’
State minister Vinod Tawde said, “A slab of the bridge had collapsed. Railways and BMC will conduct an inquiry into its maintenance. The bridge wasn’t in a bad condition, it required minor repairs for which work was underway.
“Why was it not closed until the work was completed, it’ll also be probed.”
“The state will provide for the treatment of the injured…We will give further update to you as and when we get information,” he said.
Raj Purohit, Bharatiya Janata Party MLA said, “It’s unfortunate, it shouldn’t have happened. Action should be taken against the engineer who gave certificate to this bridge in auditing, he should be arrested. He should be punished.”
Mumbai CSMT bridge collapse: CM orders high-level probe:
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has said that he has ‘ordered a high level inquiry’ into the foot overbridge collapse incident.
“A structural audit of the bridge had earlier been done and 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,” the CM said.
“Ex gratia of Rs 5 Lakh each will be given to the families of those who died in the incident and compensation of Rs 50,000 each will be given to the injured.
State govt will provide for the treatment of the injured,” Fadnavis said.