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BMC blames bridge auditor, suspends 2 engineers

Saturday, March 16, 2019
By Prachi Sonawane. Photograph by Azad Shrivastav


The BMC suspended two officials in charge of the structural audit conducted earlier and responsible for repair work of the bridge and ordered department level enquiry into two retired chief engineers and orders issuing show cause notice to contractor RPS Infra for blacklisting.

A day after the deck of the 'Himalaya' foot over-bridge (FoB) outside Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) station collapsed on Thursday evening, killing six people and leaving 31 injured, Brihnanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) Commissioner Ajoy Mehta has issued the orders to decide on the future course of action for the structure.

Ajoy Mehta on Friday morning called in an emergency meeting with the officials of the Road and Bridge department. The said meeting decided to dismantle the entire FOB. The BMC chief also suspended two civic engineers and two retired Chief engineers.   

"There is a prima facie reason to believe that the structural audit has been conducted in an irresponsible and negligent manner. This tragedy could have been avoided if the structural audit had been done diligently," said the probe report.

The BMC report also said it was apparent that the structural audit was not carried out correctly and major lapses have been observed. It failed to point out an impending failure and despite the public money spent for commissioning the audit, "the true condition of the bridge was not brought out."

As a part of the decision to dismantle the whole bridge, the BMC and Traffic officials blocked the DN Road for vehicular traffic as part of the post-collapse safety stipulations. The civic staff armed with heavy bull-dozers and machiens went on dismantling the entire deck of the FOB. Traffic was diverted on an alternate route via P Dmello Road.  

It will be recalled that after Andheri Bridge collapse, BMC had ordered a structural audit of 344 Road-Over-Bridge (ROB), Foot-Over-Bridge (FOB) and flyover across the city.

It was discovered that 223 bridges were under construction and 176 of these 223 required minor repairs while 47 bridges required major fixes. 18 bridges were to be dismantled and were to be reconstructed.

“During that audit, 344 bridges were checked for their structural soundness. The FOB that collapsed at  CSMT was marked 'C2B'. This means that it needed minor repairs only. Tenders were floated for the repair. However, those got held up,” said an official, who wished not to be named.

“We will investigate whether the tender was held up by the BMC Standing Committee or the Roads and Bridge department,” he said.

Among the deceased, Apoorva Prabhu, Ranjana Tambe and Bhakti Shinde were nurses working in GT Hospital which is just at a stone's throw distance from the FOB which collapsed. Others who died in the collapse were Zahid Shiraj Khan (32), Tapendra Singh (28) and Mohan, officials said.

A case has been registered against officials of Central Railway and the BMC in connection with the incident, police said on Thursday. “We have registered an offense under section 304A (causing death by negligence) of the IPC at the Azad Maidan police station,” said Manjunath Singe, DCP Mumbai Police PRO. 

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