CST Station Collapsed:
A fifty percent of foot overbridge collapsed on Thursday, 14 March at 7.30 pm near Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus railway station in Mumbai, Maharashtra, killing six and injuring 33 people. The very FOB had been declared “fit for use” in a BMC structural audit report six months ago.
The municipality had audited 314 bridges in past two years. Now the tragic incident has risen questions on the quality of carried out surveys. However, CM Devendra Fadnavis has ordered “high level inquiry” and has also announced ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh to the families of killed and amount of 50,000 for injured.
The city police has lodged an FIR against BMC and officials for the negligence. This has been third major devastating incident in Mumbai, 18 months ago Elphinstone FOB collapsed killing 22 people.
The bridge collapse has sparked trade of blame already among the political parties. Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), currently run by Shiv Sena is India’s richest civic body having annual budget five times more than many state governments in India.
Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi tweeted “Deeply anguished by the loss of lives due to the foot overbridge accident in Mumbai. My thoughts are with the bereaved families. Wishing that the injured recover at the earliest. The Maharashtra Government is providing all possible assistance to those affected.”