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Mumbai bridge collapse Civic body says ‘irresponsible structural audit’ failed to highlight flaws

35-year old Apurva Prabhu, 40-year-old Ranjana Prabhu, 32-year-old Zaheed Siraj Khan along with an unidentified person have died in the accident.

Four people have been killed and dozens wounded when a pedestrian bridge collapsed near Mumbai's main train station, the latest accident to highlight creaking infrastructure in India's financial capital. The injured have been shifted to St George Hospital and GT Hospital. "I said citizens and government are both stakeholders in the governance paradigm and I cited Elphinstone Bridge example to showcase how despite being given alternative FOBs [foot overbridges] at Currey Road and Ambivli, people chose to use Elphinstone FOB despite being told it was being repaired!" "Senior officers are on spot", read the tweet by Mumbai police.

The Ministry of Railways have said that the collapsed footover bridge was constructed and owned by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).

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

The death toll in the FOB collapse incident has jumped to 5, whereas, at least 36 others have been confirmed as injured. Authorities asked commuters to use alternate routes.

An eyewitness said the over-bridge was being used by pedestrians even as fix works were ongoing.

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Another eyewitness said most of the victims were walking on the overbridge on their way to the CST station when it collapsed. "The plan included changing the tiles of the bridge and new paint", said an official. An NDRF team was also moved to the spot.

"Thankfully, when the bridge collapsed, it was red signal at the nearby road, otherwise several people would definitely have been crushed under the rubble", said a taxi driver, who luckily escaped the tragedy. "He is responsible for the entire disaster", he said.

Mumbai foot overbridge collapse at CST: The collapsed foot overbridge.

Social activist Anil Galgali demanded that all the bridges, inspected by the engineers who had declared the ill-fated bridge as safe, be re-inspected. It is a public FOB, and not a railway FOB. Following the mishap, the civic body made a decision to undertake a structural audit of all the bridges in the city. 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. And that "it required minor repairs for which work was underway".

Out of these, 47 bridges are taken on priority.

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