6 dead, 33 injured after foot overbridge collapses near Mumbai’s CST

Opposition demanding the resignation of Union Rail Minister Piyush Goyal and pressing murder charges  after foot overbridge near Mumbai’s landmark Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus railway station collapsed this evening, killing six people and injuring 33.

The incident happened nearly 8 months after a portion of the foot overbridge collapsed on the railway tracks near Andheri station.

The overbridge was under repair but it was still in use. The collapse took place around 7.30 pm — the busiest hours of the evening, when footfall was at its highest.

Railway Ministry has said the overbridge was under the control of Mumbai’s civic body, the Brihanmumbai Corporation – Sena lawmaker Anil Desai has denied the claim. State minister Vinod Tawde said both Railways and the civic body would investigate the matter. PM Modi tweeted to say he was “deeply anguished by the loss of lives”.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh each to the family of the deceased and ordered a high-level committee to probe the circumstances under which the 40-year-old overbridge collapsed, the opposition parties are not satisfied with the government action.

Among opposition, Akhilesh Yadav, Samajwadi Party chief and former UP chief minister, said that the CST foot overbridge collapse is yet another failure of the Narendra Modi government which talks of introducing bullet train in India.

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