Mumbai: The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) had allegedly blamed the structural audit report prepared after the collapse of the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) bridge for failing to point out the impending failure.
The BMC preliminary report stated, “In spite of commissioning the report of the bridge and spending public money on it, the true condition of the bridge was not brought out. The structural report should be made public.”
“There is a prima facie reason to believe that the structural audit has been conducted an irresponsible and negligent manner,” stated the report adding that, “This tragedy could have been avoided if the structural audit had been done diligently.”
As many as six people were killed and 33 others injured after a foot overbridge located near Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) railway station collapsed on Thursday evening. The bridge connected Mumbai’s railway station to the Azad Maidan police station and the Times of India building in the southern part of the city. On Friday, efforts were undertaken to repair the collapsed overbridge.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had tweeted on Thursday, “Deeply anguished by the loss of lives due to the foot overbridge accident in Mumbai. My thoughts are with the bereaved families. Wishing that the injured recover at the earliest. The Maharashtra government is providing all possible assistance to those affected.”
According to the National Disaster Response Force, a 45-member had reached the spot soon after the bridge collapsed. This is the third such bridge collapse tragedy which has taken place in Mumbai over the two years.