Five injured as footover bridge collapses in Mumbai

At least five killed after pedestrian bridge collapse in Mumbai

This was the third footbridge collapse in the city in the last 18 months - occurred around 7.35 p.m.as the bridge was reportedly overloaded with commuters hurrying to their homes, the BMC Disaster Control said.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation's preliminary report about the collapse of a foot overbridge in Mumbai on Thursday has attributed the incident to an "irresponsible structural audit", The Times of India reported. "Senior officers are on spot", tweeted Mumbai police. "However, we're extending all our support to the victims".

#WATCH Mumbai: A foot over bridge near Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) railway station has collapsed. A high-level inquiry will be done to probe into the matter. The injured have been shifted to St George Hospital and GT Hospital. The people in the area were affected and commuters were asked to use alternate routes.

A red signal at a traffic junction near a foot overbridge (FOB), a major part of which caved in Mumbai Thursday evening, proved lucky for a large number of motorists who were waiting for it to turn green.

At least five killed after pedestrian bridge collapse in Mumbai

CM Devendra Fadnavis announced 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 their treatment.

Amid tragic scenes, some people were seen taking selfies with the debris of the bridge in the background. And that "it required minor repairs for which work was underway". Fire engines and an ambulance were also at the site.

"I am not politicising the issue, but hollow promises are not going to serve the people anyway. Strictest action will be taken", he said.

The issue of dilapidated bridges in the city came to fore after the Gokhale Bridge at Andheri collapsed past year. As part of the survey, a structural audit of 344 bridges was undertaken. He further added that a re-audit of those bridges, which have been audited earlier, has been ordered.

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