A major portion of a foot over bridge outside Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) railway station in Mumbai collapsed on March 14 around 7.30 pm. 6 people died and 36 others were injured in this incident. The people who were injured in this incident were immediately shifted to the St. George hospital and Gokuldas Tejpal (GT) Hospital for further medical treatment.
As soon as the locals noticed that a large portion of the FOB came crumbling down on Dr DN road they immediately informed the fire brigade and police officials regarding the incident. The rescue teams including fire brigade, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) disaster management, police, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), 108 Ambulances, BMC officials and the railway officials immediately rushed to the spot and carried out the rescue operation. The locals present on the spot also helped the concerned authorities in the rescue operation.
Due to the falling of the debris, peak hour traffic towards Byculla and Dadar and north-bound traffic on JJ flyover from DN Road were affected. Traffic was being closed on both sides between CSMT junction and JJ flyover and was diverted to Mahanagar Palika road towards Metro junction. Best services were also affected on the DN road due to the debris removal work which was continued the next day i.e. March 15 as the demolition of the bridge was done. The bridge was demolished completely on March 15. Commuters faced several issues while travelling. The concerned authorities cordoned off the area after the bridge collapsed until the remaining portion of the bridge was demolished on the next day of the incident. The Harbour and Western Railway operated additional services for commuter’s convenience.
The Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis announced compensation of Rs 5 lakh to the family members of those who died and Rs 50,000 to the people who were injured in this mishap.
According to the sources, the bridge was found to be sturdy after a recent structural audit and only needed a few minor repairs.
After this major incident the BMC, the Railways and other agencies had carried out a survey of all new and old railway bridges, flyovers, and foot over bridges, to ascertain any dangers and take preventive measures.
Note: The Himalaya bridge also known as the CSMT bridge was constructed in 1980 and is said to be almost 39 years old. The bridge was nearly 500 meters away from BMC office. Other key offices locating in the area are The Times of India Building, Mumbai Police Headquarters, CAMA Hospital.
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