Around 31 people got injured and six died after a bridge collapsed at CSMT station.
Thousands of commuters have used the 39-year-old bridge daily to reach Mumbai's bustling Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus railway station. Injured persons have been shifted to Gokuldas Tejpal (GT), St George and LTMG hospital at Sion. Commuters have been asked to use alternate routes.
The foot over bridge on Mumbai Municipal Corporation side collapsed about 07:45 pm today.
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Commuters are advised to use the Mahapalika Marg from CST to the metro junction and ahead towards Princess Street flyover-Crawford Market-Chakala and Mohammed Ali Road, he said. "Action should be taken against the auditors, who certified this bridge structurally safe".
Maharashtra Cabinet Minister Vinod Tawde said that the bridge wasn't 100 per cent hazardous and the municipal corporation had made some recommendations to fix the bridge. "Railway doctors and personnel are cooperating with BMC in relief and rescue operations", the Ministry of Railways 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. Of the 314 bridges, the audit had recommended the demolition and reconstruction of 14 bridges, including five FOBs, major repairs to 47 others and minor repairs in the case of another 176.
"Modi government and Maharashtra government are criminally culpable for inaction leading to repeat tragedies: 29/9/2017 - Elphistone Stampede, 3/7/2018 - Andheri bridge collapse", Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala tweeted hours after the incident, expressing condolences for the family of the victims.
The FOB was built in 1984 and connected CST platform 1 to BT Lane. While the government, which had ordered the survey of all bridges across the state, had directed the agencies to finish the work within three months, the exercise was delayed.