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‘Kasab bridge’ in south Mumbai collapses; 5 dead, 29 injured

Six persons died and more than 30 others injured near Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus in Mumbai

The BMC earlier today called for the structural audit report of the collapsed overbridge in Mumbai, which killed six people on Thursday evening, to be made public, and said that it appears as if the audit was "conducted an in an irresponsible and negligent manner". The stampede broke out after just a 20-minute rain, on the foot over-bridge linking two of the busiest stations in Mumbai - Elphinstone Road and Parel suburban stations.

All the injured have been admitted to St. George Hospital.

Of the critically injured, two persons with severe head injuries have been shifted to the state-run J J Hospital as they require neurosurgery. Traffic affected. Commuters are requested to use alternate routes. "Senior officers are on spot", tweeted Mumbai police.

The victims identified so far include three women - Apoorva Prabhu, 35, Ranjana Tambe, 40, and Bhakti Shinde, 40.

"As per the information received, a part of foot over bridge near CSMT station in Mumbai collapsed".

The bridge of which part collapsed used to connect Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus railway station Platform 1 north end with BT Lane, says Mumbai Police.

"I demand that structural auditors who carried out the inspection and structural audit of the bridge be booked under IPC section 302 (murder)", Deora said.

On July 3, 2018, a portion of the Gokhale Road bridge linking Andheri East and West gave way and collapsed, falling on the tracks of Andheri railway. Famous cricketer Sachin Tendulkar also took to Twitter and prayed for those who were injured in the bridge collapse.

Lawmakers and local party leaders rushed to the spot as political blame-game ensued. Fire engines and an ambulance were also at the site. Some minor damage was detected which was yet to be repaired, he told reporters. "Action will be initiated against the responsible officials". "He should be arrested right now". The casualty count is feared to rise further, said an official.

The Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis said he was "pained" to hear about the incident. However, the BMC did not act on the report. The removal of the collapsed bridge's steel frame began on Friday.

"I am not politicising the issue, but hollow promises are not going to serve the people anyway. This is the failure of the government and the system", he added. The bridge was constructed in 1984, about 35 years ago. A team headed by the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)-Bombay conducted audit of the bridges.