Mumbai: Six persons were killed in a tragedy that struck Mumbai on Thursday evening, during rush hour. Meanwhile, at least 31 were left injured as a portion of a foot overbridge, connecting Chhatarapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) platform 1 north end with BT Lane near The Times of India building, collapsed in south Mumbai. According to eye-witnesses, ‘it looked like I had near death experience’ and ‘appeared as if a powerful bomb went off’.

The deadly incident at one of the busiest stations in Mumbai took place at 7:30 PM, when there was a lot of rush on the overbridge. “The incident took place as the bridge was overloaded with commuters hurrying to their homes”, the BMC Disaster Control said. An eyewitness said the over-bridge was being used by pedestrians even as repair works were ongoing. Another eyewitness said most of the victims were walking on the overbridge on their way to the CST station when it collapsed.

List of Deceased:

  • Apoorva Prabhu (35)
  • Anjana Tambe (40)
  • Bhakti Shinde (40)
  • Zahid Shiraj Khan (32)
  • Tapendra Singh (28)
  • Mohan

According to an eye-witness, Faizan Ahmad, “The dust and cries of the victims filled us with fear and we soon realised that a bridge has fallen.” Meanwhile, Manish Jha, a reporter with a Hindi daily narrated how he had a lucky escape. “It looked like I had near death experience. The moment I walked on the bridge, I felt its floors vigorously swaying,” he said.

CM Devendra Fadnavis Announces Compensation

Expressing grief over the incident, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh each to the family of the deceased and Rs 50,000 each to the injured. Adding he said that the cost of treatment of injured will be borne by the government. He also ordered a high-level committee probe to investigate the circumstances under which the 40-year-old overbridge collapsed.

“Pained to hear about the foot over bridge 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 tweeted.

BMC, Central Railways to Jointly Inquire Accident

District Guardian Minister of Mumbai Vinod Tawde said that the incident will be jointly probed by BMC and Central Railways. “I have discussed the issue with Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis as well as with CR General Manager D K Sharma, BMC chief Ajoy Mehta and joint police commissioner (L&W) Deven Bharti. The railways and the BMC will jointly inquire the accident,” he told reporters.

Notably, this was the third foot overbridge collapse incident in the city in the last 8 months. Earlier a foot overbridge at the Elphinstone Road railway station had crashed on September 29, 2017, killing 29 commuters, while on July 3, 2018, a portion of the foot overbridge collapsed on the railway tracks near Andheri station, killing at least one and injuring many more.

Following the incidents, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal had then announced a joint safety audit of all 445 bridges in Mumbai, following which the railways, the BMC and the IIT-Bombay had conducted a safety audit.