BMC suspends two engineers for bridge collapse
A foot-over-bridge near CST Railway station in Mumbai collapsed on Thursday evening. At least 6 people have died in the incident.
Yesterday evening, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) suspended two engineers in this regard and ordered a probe against them.
The bridge connected Mumbai’s railway station to the Azad Maidan police station.
As per the reports, the suspended engineers are Executive Engineer AR Patil and Assistant Engineer SF Kakulte.
AR Patil supervised the structural audit work in 2017-18. And SF Kakulte supervised the repair work in 2013-14.
The BMC says that it appears that the audit was “conducted in an irresponsible and negligent manner”.
The bridge though was under repair; it is being used by the public. The bridge collapsed at around 7:30 p.m.
As it is the busiest hour of the evening, many people were injured in this incident.
Earlier, a structural audit of the bridge has been conducted and the authorities said that there is nothing wrong with the structure.
The audit report even said that the bridge was in good condition to use. As the report found nothing wrong and got clearance from the audit company, it was made public.
The BMC in its report stated that it is clear that the structural audit report has failed to identify the impending failure. The true condition of the bridge was not mentioned; hence it appears that the audit was conducted in a negligible manner.
If the audit had been done diligently, then this tragic incident could have been avoided.
The BMC also said that further investigation would be conducted to find out the facts behind the incident.
This is the third tragic incident of bridge collapse in Mumbai in the last two years.
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