On Thursday evening, the north-end foot over bridge, which connects CSMT and the Times of India office, collapsed, killing six people and leaving over 30 injured.
An eyewitness said when the bridge collapsed, there was a red light at the nearby signal, and that is why the death toll was not more.
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. He further added that a re-audit of those bridges, which have been audited earlier, has been ordered.
The FOB was also known as the Kasab bridge after the infamous terrorist was photographed on this structure during the 26/11 attack on Mumbai.
CM Devendra Fadnavis announced ex-gratia of Rs 5 Lakh each will be given to the families of those who died in the incident and compensation of Rs 50,000 each will be given to the injured, state govt will provide for their treatment. A team headed by the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)-Bombay conducted audit of the bridges. "Even after structural audit, the bridge collapsed". Commuters have been asked to use alternate routes. As per the local public, the bridge was crowded and mainly consisted of elderly people.
Congress leader Milind Deora said murder charge should be slapped on auditors who inspected the bridge and the BMC officers who appointed them. Two of the injured people are in critical condition. On Thursday, when I walked across the bridge a couple of hours before the collapse, I felt it was a little shaky. The bridge was a connection of CSMT's Platform Number One and the footpath near Times of India building.
Rescue members stand at the site of a footbridge collapse outside the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus railway station in Mumbai, March 14, 2019. The casualty count is feared to rise further, said an official.
Fadnavis also said he had ordered a re-visit of all earlier structural audits carried out on such structures.