"Strict action will be initiated if negligence is found".
Thousands of commuters have used the 39-year-old bridge daily to reach Mumbai's bustling Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus railway station. Mr Fadnavis was speaking to reporters after visiting some of the injured at St Georges Hospital. "I said citizens and government are both stakeholders in the governance paradigm and I cited Elphinstone Bridge example to showcase how despite being given alternative FOBs [foot overbridges] at Currey Road and Ambivli, people chose to use Elphinstone FOB despite being told it was being repaired!" "Senior officers are on spot", Mumbai police said.
However, it was not on the list of eight dilapidated bridges in the city, which the corporation had published a week back while stating that the bridges would be repaired soon.
The railway shrugged away from the responsibility saying that it was a public bridge and the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) was responsible for its maintenance.
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Meanwhile, the political blamegame has begun and the opposition parties are training gun at the CM Fadnavis-led government in Maharashtra.
Maharastra minister Vinod Tawde, who visited the accident site, said "a slab of the bridge had collapsed". "It'll also be probed", he said. The civic body in return had stated that such an audit of bridges across the city are being conducted, the official said. Famous cricketer Sachin Tendulkar also took to Twitter and prayed for those who were injured in the bridge collapse. "Railway doctors & personnel are cooperating with BMC in relief & rescue operations", Ministry of Railways said.
It is also referred to as the "Kasab bridge" as the 26/11 Mumbai attack terrorist passed through it. "An NDRF team has been moved from Andheri center", NDRF said.
There are at least two hospitals close to the place of the mishap because of which the casualties could be low and the injured can get fast medical assistance.
In 2017, a stampede broke out on a crowded pedestrian bridge connecting two railway stations in Mumbai, India's financial and entertainment capital, killing at least 22 people and injuring 32.