One pedestrian killed near Mumbai's Churchgate railway station after portion of Mahatma Gandhi's mural falls on him

Mumbai: A pedestrian was killed on Wednesday after a portion of a cladding fell on him at the bustling Churchgate railway station in Mumbai. Madhukar Narvekar, 62, was passing through Churchgate station building when the part of the 81 feet x 54 feet mural of Mahatma Gandhi, fell on him, a railway official said.

 One pedestrian killed near Mumbais Churchgate railway station after portion of Mahatma Gandhis mural falls on him

The mural of Mahatma Gandhi at Churchgate railway station. News18

Narvekar was rushed to a nearby hospital but succumbed to injuries on his head and chest. It was not clear if he was a railway commuter or just a passerby but in either case, compensation (amount) will be given, he said.

The cladding fell due to a strong wind blowing from sea-side and it could not withstand wind pressure, he said. The cladding was part of the 81 feet x 54 feet mural of Mahatma Gandhi, installed in November 2017 at the station building, the official said.

It is the work of Brazilian street artist Eduardo Kobra who paid homage to Gandhi with the mural on the facade of Churchgate station. Kobra has also painted a mural of Nelson Mandela in Rome. In October last year, four persons were killed after a 40-foot tall hoarding collapsed in Pune. The metal hoarding frame, installed on land belonging to the Pune railway department, collapsed when it was being cut.

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Updated Date: Jun 12, 2019 19:57:00 IST