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Footover Bridge Near Mumbai CST Railway Station Collapses

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CST Railway Station footover bridge

A footover bridge outside the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) railway station in Mumbai collapsed on Thursday evening. At least 5 people died and 36 were injured.

Rescue operation are underway, a team of NDRF and dog squad is also present at the spot.

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) railway station footover bridge collapse

The injured persons were shifted to the hospital. Mumbai police and senior authorities from the Maharashtra government rushed to the site of the incident.

The pedestrian bridge connects the railway station platform 1 north end of the BT lane and the Times of India building in south Mumbai. Mumbai police tweeted.

The police requested citizens to use alternate routes as traffic on the stretch has been affected.

Politicians and personalities condoled the loss of lives in the tragic incident. The Chief Minister of Maharashtra announced an ex-gratia of INR₹ 5 lakh to the relative of deceased and INR₹ 50,000 to injured.

Eyewitness claim that there was a red light at the nearby signal, and that is why the death toll was not more. Another eyewitness said the overbridge was being used despite repairs being carried out this morning.

Mumbai’s public infrastructure is aging, last year a 40-year-old bridge at the Andheri station had collapsed after heavy rains, and in 2017, 23 people were killed in a stampede when the Elphinstone Bridge had collapsed.

Updated 22: 40 IST

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