Mumbai, Mar 14: At least five persons were killed and 30 others injured, including some critically, when a portion of a pedestrian bridge crashed outside the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, here on Thursday evening.
The victims included three women and two men. They are identified as Apoorva Prabhu (35), Ranjana Tambe (40) Bhakti Shinde (40), Zahid Shiraj Khan (32) and Tapendra Singh (35).
The tragedy which shocked Mumbaikars occurred around 1935 hrs as the footover bridge was reportedly overloaded with commuters hurrying to their homes, and details are awaited, said the BMC Disaster Control.
The bridge connects the CSMT’ suburban platform No.1 with the B.T. Lane near The Times of India Building and the Anjuman-e-Islam School, and is used by thousands of daily commuters rushing to catch the local trains on Central Railway and the Harbour Line.
On account of the fallen debris, the peak hour traffic from south Mumbai towards Byculla and Dadar and beyond had been diverted, creating massive snarls across south Mumbai.
This is the third major footbridge tragedy hitting Mumbai commuters in the past 18 months.
The first one was on September 29, 2017, when a footover bridge (FOB) crashed at Elphinstone Road railway station killing 29 commuters.
The second occurred on July 3, 2018 when a portion of a FOB crashed on the railway tracks near Andheri station, killed at least one and injuring many more.
The injured have been rushed to the govt run St. George Hospital and G. T. Hospital, besides Sion Hospital, said officials.
After the two previous tragedies, the BMC, the Railways and other agencies had carried out a survey of all new and old railway bridges, flyovers, footbridges, to ascertain dangers and take preventive measures.
Officials claimed that the bridge near CSMT was found sturdy needing a few minor repairs.
Activist and leaders from several parties including the Bharatiya Janata Party, Shiv Sena, Congress, Nationalist Congress Party and others rushed to the tragedy site and activists helped in the rescue operations.
Meanwhile Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has expressed grief over the incident.
"Pained to hear about the FOB incident near TOI building in Mumbai. Spoke to BMC Commissioner and @MumbaiPolice officials and instructed to ensure speedy relief efforts in coordination with @RailMinIndia officials.", CM said in tweet. (UNI)