In the initial blame game that ensued in the aftermath of the collapse, Shiv Sena MP Anil Desai said the bridge comes under the Indian Railways and the railways should have ensured the maintenance of the bridge (the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance rules the BMC).
The bridge which connected the area near the Times of India building with the iconic CSMT station was commonly known as "Kasab bridge" after the 26/11 Mumbai attack terrorist passed through it during the terror attacks. "The dust and cries of the victims filled us with fear and we soon realised that a bridge has fallen". A high-level inquiry will be done to probe into the matter. Injured persons have been shifted to Gokuldas Tejpal (GT), St George and LTMG hospital at Sion.
The traffic on the busy route has been affected and commuters have been advised to use alternate routes.
Surprisingly, as per the locals, the bridge was not in bad condition and still a part of the foot over bridge collapsed. "Railway doctors & personnel are cooperating with BMC in relief & rescue operations", Ministry of Railways said.
Rescue work in progress after a foot overbridge near CSMT station collapsed in south Mumbai Thursday March 14 2019. | PTI
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.
Amid tragic scenes, some people were seen taking selfies with the debris of the bridge in the background.
They further added that out of 314 bridges, the audit report had endorsed the demolition and reconstruction of only 14 bridges, including five FOBs, major repairs to 47 others and minor repairs of another 176. Meanwhile, the BMC has also suspended two serving officers, while charges will be framed against three others who have now retired. The bridge was constructed in 1984, about 35 years ago. As part of the survey, a structural audit of 344 bridges was undertaken.