Mumbai Bridge Collapse: Dead nurses' coworkers tend to their remains

Erika Holt
March 16, 2019

This was the third footbridge collapse in the city in the last 18 months - occurred around 7.35 the bridge was reportedly overloaded with commuters hurrying to their homes, the BMC Disaster Control said. "Senior officers are on spot", Mumbai police said. However, we're extending all our supports to the victims.

The foot over bridge on Mumbai Municipal Corporation side collapsed about 07:45 pm today. He has also ordered a high level probe into the Thursday's incident. Both GT and St George Hospital witnessed frantic scenes as injured and dead were brought after the mishap took place.

The traffic on the busy route has been affected and commuters have been advised to use alternate routes.

A case has been registered against officials of Central Railway and the BMC in connection with the incident, police said.

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There was a heavy noise and cries of people who had fallen from the bridge. Fire engines and an ambulance were also at the site. "In 2016, under Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, the northern end of the bridge was taken up for beautification but not repairs. Action will be initiated against the responsible officials". "Mumbaikars feel very unsafe in the city, considering the frequent incidents of bridge collapses", the former MP said.

Fadnavis also said he had ordered a re-visit of all earlier structural audits carried out on such structures.

"I am not politicising the issue, but hollow promises are not going to serve the people anyway". A team headed by the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)-Bombay conducted audit of the bridges.

They further added that out of 314 bridges, the audit report had endorsed the demolition and reconstruction of only 14 bridges, including five FOBs, major repairs to 47 others and minor repairs of another 176. The bridge was constructed in 1984, about 35 years ago.

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