In view of a foot overbridge collapse outside Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) railway station on Thursday, Mumbai Police has issued a traffic advisory. As per the advisory, traffic is being closed on roads between CST junction and JJ Flyover. â€œCommuters are advised to use the Mahapalika Marg from CST to Metro Junction and ahead towards Princess Street Flyover/ Crawford Market/ Chakala and Mohammed Ali Road,â€ the advisory reads.
â€œCommuters coming from JJ Flyover may take a right turn towards Crawford Market/ Metro Junction/ CST and ahead or take a left turn at Nesbit junction and move further to PD mellow road/Avatar Singh Bedi chowk to CST/ lion Gate, Regal junction and further,â€ Mumbai Police said.
Commuters coming from JJ Flyover may take a right turn towards Crawford Market/ Metro Junction/ CST and ahead or take a left turn at Nesbit junction and move further to P Dâ€™Mello road/Avatar Singh Bedi Chowk to CST/ Lion Gate, Regal junction and further.â€” Mumbai Police (@MumbaiPolice) March 14, 2019
â€œTraffic has been diverted to Mahanagar Palika road towards Metro junction, due to foot over bridge collapse near Anjuman school,â€ the city police said in a tweet.
Traffic has been severely affected and commuters have been asked to use alternate routes. Efforts are on to clear the debris of the foot overbridge. Police officials and ambulances are on the spot. The bridge collapsed during peak hours when there was a lot of rush on the bridge. "The incident took place around 7.30 pm when a major portion of the bridge caved in," an official said.
Five persons were killed and 36 injured after a major portion of a foot overbridge near CST station in south Mumbai collapsed. The bridge connected the bustling Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus railway station with the Azad Maidan Police Station.
#UPDATE Disaster Management Unit (DMU) of BMC (Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation): Five people have died in the incident where part of a foot over bridge near CSMT railway station collapsed. #Mumbai pic.twitter.com/juiLAQZOvkâ€” ANI (@ANI) March 14, 2019
All the injured have been rushed to nearby hospitals, a disaster management cell official said.
An eyewitness said when the bridge collapsed, there was a red light at the nearby signal, and that is why the death toll was contained. Another eyewitness said the overbridge was being used despite repairs being carried out this morning.