On Friday, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said that he has asked the municipal commissioner to do a primary investigation into the matter of bridge collapse near CST in Mumbai and to “fix primary responsibility by the evening.” After visiting some of the injured at St. George Hospital, CM Fadnavis spoke to reporters. The condition of one is serious and admitted in ICU while nine others are being treated in the wards are of danger now, reports the Maharashtra CM.
He further said that the structural audit that was recently done is questionable and the professionals who gave safety certificates after suggesting minor changes has a ‘big responsibility’.
CM Fadnavis said, “If required the audit report must be revisited,” adding that he has already given instruction to police not to spare anyone, who is responsible for the collapse of the foot overbridge.
An FIR has been filed and a high-level investigation ordered into the incident added the Chief Minister.
Meanwhile, the Railway Ministry has blamed Brihanmumbai Corporation, which is the Mumbai Civic body operated under Shiv Sena, for the collapse. However, Sena lawmaker Anil Desai has rejected the charges.
Angry travelers demand strict action against officials, who had audited the foot overbridge and assured it ‘safe’. Rail Yatri Parishad President Subhash Gupta said that “the days of blame game should be over now. Action should be taken against the auditors, who certified this bridge structurally safe.”
Six people died on spot and 33 were seriously injured after a portion of the footbridge near Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus Railway Station collapsed on Thursday evening. The overbridge connects the Railway Station to the Azad Maidan Police Station and the Times of India building in south Mumbai.