Reports quoted the Disaster Management Unit (DMU) of the BMC (Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation) as saying that six people have died in the incident. Injured persons are being shifted to hospitals. A structural audit of the bridge had earlier been done&it was found to be fit. Even after that if such an incident happened, it raises a question on the audit. Inquiry will be done. "Strictest action will be taken", added the chief minister.
Fadnavis said an ex-gratia payment of Rs 5 lakh would be made to the families of each of the dead, and Rs 50,000 to each of the injured.
The death toll has jumped to 4 in the FOB collapse outside CST railway station.
Connecting the CSMT's suburban platform No. 1 with the B.T. Lane near The Times of India Building and the Anjuman-e-Islam School, it was used by thousands of daily commuters rushing to catch the local trains on Central Railway and the Harbour Line.
Mumbai police have issued directions for traffic diversions, asking commuters to avoid CSMT and Crawford Market road.
Maharashtra minister Vinod Tawade said that the Railways and BMC will conduct an inquiry into the incident. However, we're extending all our supports to the victims. However, the Railway doctors and officials have been cooperating with BMC in relief and rescue operations.
Meanwhile, the political blamegame has begun and the opposition parties are training gun at the CM Fadnavis-led government in Maharashtra. "During the audit, "minor repairing" was consulted for this bridge". 3/7/2018 - Andheri Bridge Collapse. "Mumbaikars feel very unsafe in the city, considering the frequent incidents of bridge collapses", the former MP said.
Rescue work in progress after a foot overbridge near CSMT station collapsed in south Mumbai Thursday March 14 2019. | PTI
Maharashtra Cabinet Minister Vinod Tawde said that the bridge wasn't 100 per cent hazardous and the municipal corporation had made some recommendations to fix the bridge.
Local BJP MLA Raj Purohit also visited the spot and demanded immediate action against the engineer who had declared the bridge as "safe".
The incident - the third footbridge collapse in the city in the last 18 months - occurred around 7.35 p.m.as the bridge was reportedly overloaded.
Rescuers ended their search operation at the collapsed bridge about two hours after it fell, Satpal said, adding that authorities were sure there was no one trapped because the rubble had been cleared away.
The part of the bridge at Cama Hospital end collapsed and at least 34 people were admitted to the hospital after the incident. Injured persons are being shifted to hospitals.
Six people died and over 36 people have been reported to be injured. "An NDRF team has been moved from Andheri center", NDRF said.