Five dead, over 30 hurt as overbridge collapses near Mumbais CST

As bridge swayed youth pushed father to safety — and then fell to his death

At least 2 among the injured are stated toe be in critical condition.

The deceased have been identified as Apoorva Prabhu (35), Ranjana Tambe (40) and Zahid Shiraj Khan (32). All the injured have been admitted to nearby hospitals, a disaster management cell official said.

He announced ex gratia compensation of Rs 5 lakh each to the families of those who died, and compensation of Rs 50,000 to the injured.

According to news agency PTI, the bridge was commonly known as "Kasab bridge" after the 26/11 Mumbai attack terrorist passed through it during the terror attacks.

"The slab of the FOB collapsed at around 7.30pm". The injured have been rushed to hospital.

Mumbai Police said the bridge used to connect CST railway station's platform no. 1 with BT Lane near the Times of India building. 36 persons are said to be injured.

Mumbai police have issued directions for traffic diversions, asking commuters to avoid CSMT and Crawford Market road.

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.

The FOB is always crowded. Praying for the speedy recovery of all those who are injured. Fortunately, no vehicles passing under the FOB were trapped.

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.

The tragedy comes eight months after another bridge collapsed in suburban Andheri, in which five persons were killed. "An NDRF team has been moved from Andheri center", NDRF said. "This is the failure of the government and the system", he added.

The railway shrugged away from the responsibility saying that it was a public bridge and the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) was responsible for its maintenance.

Witnesses said nothing was visible for the first few minutes after the overbridge collapsed at around 7.30 pm on Thursday evening. "Action will be initiated against the responsible officials".

BJP leader and MLA Raj Purohit said, "This incident should not have happened and people shouldn't have lost lives. Strictest action will be taken", added the chief minister. "He is responsible for the entire disaster".

"This incident puts a question mark over the competence of engineers and structural auditors who inspected bridges in Mumbai. They should be prosecuted and blacklisted", Galgali said.

In June previous year, six people were injured after a part of Road Over Bridge (ROB) collapsed on the railway tracks near Andheri station towards Vile Parle on South end.

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