Mumbai CSMT foot over bridge collapse updates: Death toll rises to 6, more than 35 badly injured

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Mumbai CSMT foot over bridge collapse updates: Death toll rises to 6, more than 35 badly injured
  • 00:14 (IST)

    Death toll rises to 6 in Mumbai CSMT foot over bridge collapse

    What we know so far: Six people are confirmed dead and 36 have been badly injured after a foot over bridge near CSMT railway station in Mumbai caved in around 7:30 pm Thursday on Dr DN Road. Images of a gaping hole in the bridge as it now stands speak to the horror of the exact moment of the collapse. Rescue teams moved out from the accident spot by 11 pm IST. The Maharashtra government has ordered a “high level inquiry” even as politicians have begun trading blame for the disaster and public anger and anguish spiked. Congress has slammed ruling BJP talking heads for "shameless, insensitive, arrogant and absolutely uncaring" statements. 

    Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis told ANI  “a structural audit of the bridge had earlier been done it was found to be fit. Even after that, if such an incident happened, it raises question on the audit. Inquiry will be done. Strictest action will be taken.”

    The state government has announced ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh each  to families of those killed and Rs 50,000 for each of the injured.

    ANI reports that Mumbai Police said an FIR is being registered against concerned officials of Central Railway and BMC under section 304A (Causing death by negligence) of IPC at the Azaad Maidan Police Station.

  • 00:07 (IST)

    Death toll rises to 6

  • 23:55 (IST)

    FIR filed against Railway, BMC officials

    Mumbai Police has filed a case over the incident. According to news reports, Railway and BMC officials have been booked for death due to negligence.

  • 23:38 (IST)

    Mumbai Police to file a case over the incident

  • 23:30 (IST)

    Mumbai mayor, state minister visit injured

    Mumbai mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar and Maharashtra minister Girish Mahajan paid a visit to the injured persons, News18 reported.

  • 23:26 (IST)

    CSMT bridge collapse 'extremely disturbing', says Yuva Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray

    His comments assume significance as the Shiv Sena-BJP alliance holds the reins of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation.

  • 23:23 (IST)

    Mumbai Police to register case

    The Mumbai Police will register a case pertaining to the incident, ANI reported. The police is expected to register an offence under Section 304 (A) of the IPC, which deals with causing death due to negligence.

  • 23:18 (IST)

    Rescue operation ends 

    The NDRF team pressed for rescue operations was withdrawn from the accident spot at 10.34 pm, according to ANI. The bridge which connected the area near The Times of India building with the iconic CSMT station was commonly known as 'Kasab bridge' as the 26/11 Mumbai attack terrorist passed through it during the terror strike.

  • 23:00 (IST)

    Modi, Maharashtra govt criminally culpable for inaction leading to repeat tragedies: Surjewala
    Offering condolences to the families of victims, Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala held the BJP-led Central and state governments responsible for the Mumbai bridge collapse, which has killed at least five people, saying they are "criminally culpable" of inaction and also demanded the ouster of Railway Minister Piyush Goyal.

  • 22:52 (IST)

    Hope there is no further loss of lives, says Arvind Kejriwal 

    AAP chief and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Twitter, "Prayers with the families of victims. Hope there is no further loss of lives. All our volunteers should immediately help in relief and rescue operations."

  • 22:46 (IST)

    Collapse of footover bridge in Mumbai deeply saddening, says Rajnath Singh

  • 22:45 (IST)

    Mumbai Police issues travel advisory

    "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," said Mumbai Police in a tweet.

  • 22:41 (IST)

    Fadnavis calls for meeting with BMC commissioner, railway ministry

    Maharashtra minister Ranjit Patil was quoted as saying by ANI, "Footover bridge near The Times of India, Mumbai collapsing is a tragic incident. The chief minister has immediately called for a meeting with BMC commissioner Ajoy Mehta and railway ministry. Taking the injured to safety is of utmost importance and it is being done at a war-level."

  • 22:32 (IST)

    Blamegame surfaces over who is responsible for maintenance of structure

    With the collapse of the footover bridge in Mumbai, a blamegame has surfaced over who from the BMC and the Indian Railways is responsible for the maintenance of the structure. The BMC, which according to the railway ministry is supposed to maintain the bridge, has over Rs 70,000 crore reserved in fixed deposits. However, even if the Indian Railways is responsible, the national transporter could have easily borrowed money through the Indian Railway Finance Corporation to repair/rebuild the footover bridges of Mumbai. 

  • 22:21 (IST)

    Mumbai mayor arrives at St George Hospital

    Mumbai mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar has reached St George Hospital to take stock of the situation and meet the people injured in the incident.

  • 22:10 (IST)

    Visuals from site near CST railway station

    Image procured by Sachin Gokhale

  • 21:57 (IST)

    Devendra Fadnavis announces Rs 5 lakh ex gratia for kin of dead

    Speaking to reporters, Devendra Fadnavis said, "This is an unfortunate incident. This bridge was also audited after the Elphinstone Road incident. Minor repairs were suggested in the audit. Despite that, the structure collapsed. If the structural audit is wrong and if there were lapses, they will be investigated. The extent of the repairs done will also be probed. We will strictly investigate this.

    "The state will give Rs 5 lakh to families of the deceased and Rs 50,000 will be given to those injured. Their treatment will be also taken care of by the government."

  • 21:49 (IST)

    NDRF, dog squard present at spot

    A team of NDRF and dog squad also present at the spot where a portion of a footover bridge near CSMT railways station collapsed on Thursday.

  • 21:46 (IST)

    Deeply anguished by loss of lives due to Mumbai footover bridge collapse, says Narendra Modi 

  • 21:41 (IST)

    Congress urges its workers to help 'in any way they can'

    "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," the Congress said on Twitter.

  • 21:38 (IST)

    Piyush Goyal expresses condolences to families of victims 

  • 21:35 (IST)

    Death toll rises to five, 36 injured

    ANI reported that two of the 36 injured are in critical condition. The five people who were killed in the incident have been identified as Apoorva Prabhu (35), Ranjana Tambe (40), Zahid Shiraj Khan (32), Bhakti Shinde (40), and Tapendra Singh (35).

  • 21:33 (IST)

    Police diverts traffic to Mahanagar Palika road towards Metro juntion

    "Traffic has been diverted to Mahanagar Palika road towards Metro junction, due to the foot over bridge collapse near Anjuman-e-Islam school," Mumbai Police said on Twitter.

  • 21:27 (IST)

    BJP MLA Raj Purohit demands action against engineer who audited bridge

    "Action should be taken against the engineer who gave certificate to this bridge in auditing, he should be arrested. He should be punished," BJP MLA Raj Purohit.

  • 21:24 (IST)

    How many times will common man be crushed under such wreckages, asks AAP

  • 21:17 (IST)

    Devendra Fadnavis directs BMC commissioner, Mumbai Police officials to ensure speedy relief efforts

    Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said on Twitter that he was "pained" to hear about the footover bridge incident in Mumbai. He added that he spoke to BMC commissioner Ajoy Mehta and Mumbai Police officials and instructed to ensure speedy relief efforts in coordination with the railway ministry officials.

  • 21:12 (IST)

    Milind Deora says footover bridge due to 'severe negligence'

    Speaking to reporters at the site, Congress leader Milind Deora said that the incident occured due to 'severe negligence'. "Six months ago, the audit said that the bridge was safe and needed minor repairing. I demand the auditors and the officers who appointed the auditors should be booked under Section 302. Isse zyada laparwahi nahi hosakti (Nobody can be allowed to be so irresponsible)," he said.

  • 21:09 (IST)

    Bridge collapse at 7.20 pm, says Maharashtra minister

    Maharashtra minister Vinod Tawde said, "A slab of the footover bridge collapsed at 7.20 pm. The railways and BMC will inquire the incident. It wasn't like the structure was extremely damaged. But it will be investigated why it wasn't decided to shut the bridge. The police reached at 7.25 pm and the fire brigade reached at 7.28 pm.

    "The state will provide for the treatment of the injured. Those responsible for this incident will be eventually investigated. Our main priority is to treat the wounded."

  • 20:54 (IST)

    Railway ministry says its personnel cooperating with BMC in relief ops

    ANI quoted Ministry of Railways as saying, "The bridge was of BMC. However, we're extending all our supports to the victims. Railway doctors and personnel are cooperating with BMC in relief and rescue operations."

  • 20:52 (IST)

    Death toll rises to three

    The death toll has risen to three, after BMC confirmed the death of Zahid Shiraj (32). ANI reported that 34 have been injured in the bridge collapse near CSMT railway station.

  • 20:40 (IST)

    Arvind Sawant visits site near CST railway station

    Shiv Sena leader Arvind Sawant told reporters that the BMC was maintaining the bridge. "After the BMC conducted the audit, the bridge's report showed that this particular bridge needed 'minor repairing'. Whoever consulted minor repairing will have to be investigated."

  • 20:31 (IST)

    10-12 people feared trapped under debris

    While an NDRF team has been moved from Andheri center, one team from Regional Response Center (RRC) Mumbai has also been rushed to the spot.

  • 20:29 (IST)

    Two women dead in bridge collapse, says BMC

    Apoorva Prabhu (35) and Ranjana Tambe (40) were killed in the footover bridge collapse, the BMC said in a press release.

  • 20:26 (IST)

    Those responsible will be made accountable, says BMC councillor

    BMC councillor Rais Shaikh told Republic TV, "We can't refuse responsibility. We have to accept responsibility. We need professional engineers to audit bridge, if that hasn't happened, then the officers should be booked. Whoever is responsible (for the incident) should be made accountable. Our current priority is rescue."

  • 20:24 (IST)

    15 people trapped, says report; NDRF team dispatched

    India Today reported that 15 people are feared to be trapped. An NDRF team has been dispatched to rescue them.

  • 20:20 (IST)

    Injured shifted to St George, GT hospitals

    According to reports, the injured have been admitted to St George and GT hospitals. Congress leader Priyanka Chaturvedi lashed out at the government for lack of action despite repeated infrastruture-related incidents. "You had the railways minister promise that it won't be repeated again (after the Elphinstone Road stampede). But they keep failing the people," she told India Today.

  • 20:14 (IST)

    Footover bridge connected CST railway station to Azad Maidan Police Station

  • 20:09 (IST)

    23 people injured, says Mumbai Police

    ANI quoted Mumbai Police has saying that 23 people injured in the incident have been shifted to hospitals.

  • 20:07 (IST)

    Multiple injuries reported in CST footover bridge collapse

  • 20:04 (IST)

    Footover bridge collapses in Mumbai's CST

    Mumbai Police tweeted, "Foot over bridge connecting CST platform 1 north end with B T 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."

Mumbai bridge collapse LATEST updates: The NDRF team pressed for rescue operations was withdrawn from the accident spot at 10.34 pm, according to ANI. Following the news of the collapse of a footover bridge in Mumbai, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has called for a meeting with BMC commissioner Ajoy Mehta and railway ministry.

Speaking to reporters, Fadnavis said in Nagpur that the audit of the bridge had suggested minor repairs for the structure. "If the structural audit is wrong and if there were lapses, they will be investigated. The extent of the repairs done will also be probed,' he said, as he announced ex-gratia Rs 5 lakh for the kin of the deceased.

Six people died after a foot over bridge collapsed in Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) area on Thursday. Over 30 people are reportedly injured. An NDRF team has been pressed to the site.

Shiv Sena leader Arvind Sawant told reporters that the BMC was maintaining the bridge. "After the BMC conducted the audit, the bridge's report showed that this particular bridge needed 'minor repairing'. Whoever consulted minor repairing will have to be investigated."

ANI quoted Mumbai Police has saying that more than 30 people injured in the incident have been shifted to hospitals.


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Updated Date: Mar 15, 2019 04:41:37 IST

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