Mumbai: The Dadar foot overbridge will temporarily be closed for strengthening work with effect from March 17, Sunday. The staircase will remain closed for 13 days and the ramp for 90 days respectively. The letter issued by the Western Railways Chief PRO, Ravinder Bhakar read, “Dadar South MCGM foot overbridge was inspected by senior western railway officials on March 15. During the inspection, it was decided that the ramp PF-1and the staircase at PF-2/3 will be closed temporarily for the safety of passengers.”
The Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai has also issued a show cause notice to DD Desai’s Associated Engineering Consultants and Analysts Pvt Ltd. othe n inventory of bridges in Greater Mumbai. It has also sought a reply within 15 days asking why they shouldn’t be blacklisted and loss shouldn’t be recovered from them.
Earlier today, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) directed one of its consultants to carry out inspections and review the structural audit report of the 157 bridges in the city within a month.
Post-inspections, the BMC has asked the consultants to submit the same with a detailed investigation on a ‘most urgent’ basis.
The letter with the subject ‘Inventory of Bridges in Greater Mumbai of Western Suburb’, outlined the scope of work for the consultant. It asked the consultant to re-inspect because the tragedy took place due to a careless investigation in the first place. The Mumbai foot overbridge collapse left six persons dead and 31 injured.
After the tragedy, BMC Commissioner Ajoy Mehta had ordered the Vigilance Department to submit a preliminary report, identifying the municipal staff and structural auditor responsible, within 24 hours.
The connecting Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) platform 1 north end with BT Lane near The Times of India building, collapsed in south Mumbai on Thursday evening. Following the accident, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh each to the family of the deceased and Rs 50,000 each to the injured. He also announced that the cost of treatment of injured will be borne by the government.
Fadnavis had even ordered a high-level committee probe to investigate the circumstances under which the 40-year-old overbridge collapsed.
“Pained to hear about the foot overbridge incident near TOI building in Mumbai. Spoke to BMC Commissioner and Mumbai Police officials and instructed to ensure speedy relief efforts in coordination with Railway Ministry officials,” Fadnavis had tweeted.
This was the third-foot overbridge collapse incident in the city in the past eight months. On July 3, 2018, a portion of the foot overbridge collapsed on the railway tracks near Andheri station, killing at least one and injuring several others. Similarly, a foot overbridge at the Elphinstone Road railway station had crashed on September 29, 2017, thereby killing 29 commuters.
Following the incidents, Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal had then announced a joint safety audit of all 445 bridges in Mumbai. Thereafter, the railways, the BMC, and the IIT-Bombay had conducted a safety audit.