Devendra Fadnavis Orders Probe, "Mumbai Bridge Collapsed Despite Audit"

Devendra Fadnavis Orders Probe,  "Mumbai Bridge Collapsed Despite Audit"

 Devendra Fadnavis Orders Probe,  "Mumbai Bridge Collapsed Despite Audit" 

New Delhi: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had clarified that the authorities had already conducted a structural audit of the structure and found nothing wrong with it. Mr Fadnavis' clarification comes hours after a foot overbridge in the vicinity of Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CST) collapsed. 

The Chief Minister of Maharashtra,  termed the collapse as "unfortunate", and said that he has ordered a high-level inquiry into it. He added, "A structural audit of the bridge had earlier been done, and it was found to be fit. If such an incident happened even after that, it raises a question on the audit. An inquiry will be carried out. Strictest action will be taken."

Until reports last came in, the collapse had killed five people and injured over 36. At least three of the dead were women, Mumbai police spokesman Manjunath Singe said, adding that the injured have been rushed to a hospital.

The foot overbridge is used by thousands of commuters to cross into the railway terminus every day. It is also referred to as "Kasab Bridge", given that terrorist Ajmal Kasab was photographed on it on the day of the 2008 Mumbai attacks. 

The Mumbai's Chief Minister had announced a compensation of Rs. 5 lakh for the families of those killed in the incident, besides monetary aid of Rs. 50,000 for each of the injured, news agency ANI reported. The state government has also offered to pay for their treatment, it added. 

(With inputs from Reuters)