Mumbai Bridge Collapse: Bollywood celebrities express their shock and anger over negligence

Blanche Robertson
March 15, 2019

Six people have been reported dead and 32 injured in the past 12 hours since a portion of an overhead pedestrian bridge outside the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus came crashing down here.

The victims identified so far include three women - Apoorva Prabhu, 35, Ranjana Tambe, 40, and Bhakti Shinde, 40. The bridge connected the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus railway station with the Azad Maidan Police Station. Injured persons are being shifted to hospitals. "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!"

Rajesh Das, a labour who visited Mumbai for work said, "Along with two other friends I was going to Kolkata". According to reports, the incident occured at around 7.30 pm today as a large portion of the bridge fell down, leaving around 34 people injured and 5 people dead.

The foot over bridge is often referred to as the Kasab bridge. This happens to be the second ever incident of bridge collapse in the last one year in Mumbai. Mumbai Police has also tweeted in this regard and has advised commuters to use alternate routes. As per the local public, the bridge was crowded and mainly consisted of elderly people.

Shiv Sena MP Arvind Sawant rushed to the site of accident, and assured an inquiry into the FOB collapse.

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"Strictest action should be taken against the engineer who declared this bridge as safe and he should be arrested right now".

BJP leader and Maharashtra minister Vinod Tawde said that maintenance work of the bridge was underway. "Railway doctors and personnel are cooperating with BMC in relief and rescue operations", the Ministry of Railways added. "He is responsible for the entire disaster". As part of the survey, a structural audit of 344 bridges was undertaken.

In July previous year, portion of a road over-bridge had collapsed in suburban Andheri.

The major repairs of 223 bridges in the city began after the audit, while 176 bridges are under minor repairs.

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