Death toll in India’s Mumbai foot bridge collapse rises to 6
NEW DELHI, March 15– The death toll in the foot-bridge collapse in India’s financial capital of Mumbai has risen to six and 31 others were injured, police said Friday.
“In last evening’s foot bridge collapse the death toll has risen to six people,” a police official said. “A total of 31 people were injured in the accident and all of them are reported to be stable now.”
The foot-bridge collapsed at around 7:30 p.m. local time on Thursday during peak hours.
Authorities have ordered a probe into the accident to punish the people responsible for the bridge collapse.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis has announced a compensation of 7,223 U.S. dollars (500,000 Indian rupees) to the next of kin of each dead in the tragedy and 722 U.S. dollars (50,000 Indian rupees) for each injured.
Local government officials said the bridge was built in 1980 and repairs were being carried out on the foot-bridge on Thursday morning. However, it was not closed but was left open for the public.
Reports said a case has been registered against the officials of Central Railway and Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) — Mumbai’s civic body.
Immediately after the collapse, a blame game started between BMC and federal railway ministry over the responsibility of managing the overhead bridge.
In 2017, at least 23 people were killed in a stampede when the Elphinstone Bridge collapsed in the city. – XINHUA