2 civic engineers suspended post audit on Mumbai bridge collapse

Six persons died and more than 30 others injured near Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus in Mumbai

Four people have been killed and dozens wounded when a pedestrian bridge collapsed near Mumbai's main train station, the latest accident to highlight creaking infrastructure in India's financial capital.

The bridge was commonly known as "Kasab bridge" as the 26/11 Mumbai attack terrorist passed through it during the terror strike.

According to Indian media, two of those killed are women and use to work at the GT Hospital, where 10 of the injured people have been shifted. Traffic affected. Commuters to use alternate routes. Senior police officers were also present at the spot to conduct the operations.

The deceased were identified as Apoorva Prabhu (35), Ranjana Tambe (40), Bhakti Shinde (40), Zahid Shiraj Khan (32) and T Singh (35), said police spokesperson Manjunath Shinge.

This was the second incident of bridge collapse in Mumbai in nine months.

An eyewitness, who was waiting at the signal, said, "We all were waiting impatiently at the signal as it was red".

Earlier in the day, a Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation official had said the FOB was was found to be structurally safe when it was audited in August 2016, soon after a British-era bridge over Savitri River got washed away in monsoon downpour in Mahad in Raigad district.

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Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation orders suspension for Executive Engineer AR Patil who supervised the structural audit work in 2017-18 and Assistant Engineer SF Kakulte who supervised the fix work in 2013-14.

Some motorists who were passing beneath the bridge when it came down, were among those injured, he added.

Lawmakers and local party leaders rushed to the spot as political blame-game ensued. "Action will be initiated against the responsible officials". Fire engines and an ambulance were also at the site. "He should be arrested right now". However, the BMC did not act on the report.

The part of the bridge at Cama Hospital end collapsed and at least 34 people were admitted to the hospital after the incident. He added that the state government would provide for their treatment.

The civic body has announced that the firm which carried out the audit will be removed from the list of empanelled structural auditors, and will be issued a show-cause notice for blacklisting.

In July past year, portion of a road over-bridge had collapsed in suburban Andheri.

Following the order, the railways, the BMC and the IIT-Bombay had conducted a safety audit.

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