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BMC Commissioner Orders Vigilance Department To Submit Preliminary Report In Mumbai Footover Bridge Collapse Within 24 Hours

Written By Monica Aggarwal | Mumbai | Published:

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  • BMC Commissioner Ajoy Mehta on Friday ordered Vigilance Department to submit a preliminary report in the Mumbai foot over bridge collapse matter
  • Furthermore, he has also directed the Chief Engineer (Vigilance) to conduct an enquiry and submit a report within a month

In the aftermath of the foot over bridge collapse incident near Mumbai's CSMT station in which six people have lost their lives and over 30 have suffered injuries, BMC (Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation) Commissioner Ajoy Mehta on Friday ordered Vigilance Department to submit a preliminary report identifying the Municipal staff responsible and responsibility of the structural auditor for this incident within 24 hours. 

Furthermore, he has also directed the Chief Engineer (Vigilance) to conduct an inquiry and submit a report within a month on the following terms:

  • Cause of failure of the bridge (structural failure)
  • Status of bridge maintenance (history of maintenance and repairs)
  • Structural audit - Whether structural audit was carried out in time and other terms. 

Read the full statement here:

READ: Mumbai Police Files FIR Against Unknown BMC, Railways Officials For Footover Bridge Collapse Near The CSMT Station

Earlier on Thursday, while speaking to Republic TV, BMC standing committee chief Yashwant Jadhav  had pinned the blame for the tragic incident on the Railways, stating the responsibility of the bridge belonged to the latter.

"Railways is responsible for this incident. This bridge is the property of railways....It was BMC's responsibility to maintain this bridge. We had asked railways to give us NOC for full repairing work, but they haven't given us NOC. If we had got the NOC, the standing committee would have definitely passed the budget to repair this bridge. But we haven't got the NOC. We are checking who had done the structural audit of the bridge," BMC standing committee chief Yashwant Jadhav has said.

Meanwhile, Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis has called for an initial investigation into the matter, demanding the municipal commissioner to "fix the primary responsibility" by Friday evening. 

He reviewed the ground situation at the collapse site on Friday, and assured a detailed investigation and revisit of the audit report to hold the accountability in the foot over bridge collapse. 

"I have asked the municipal commissioner to probe the matter and fix the primary responsibility of the incident. There's no chance that the defaulter should be spared in such a matter. If audit was done and even then the bridge collapse, then even the audit report is under question. It will be further probed. The people who conducted the audit and declared the bridge to be fit, then they have to be held responsible here. If they said the bridge to be fit, then it is wrong. The audit reports should be revisited," Devendra Fadnavis said while speaking to reporters. 

READ: Congress' Sanjay Nirupam Targets Maharashtra Government Over Mumbai Bridge Collapse Even As Devendra Fadnavis Calls For Revisit Of Audit Reports

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