Andheri Bridge Collapse in Mumbai Tuesday morning, following incessant rain, left five people injured, with two said to be in critical condition. No casualties had been reported from the collapse. The Gokhale bridge on SV Road connects Andheri East and West station areas, and is used by thousands of commuters each day.
According to HuffPost report, the bridge-collapse is one of the recent nine such incidents over the span of two years, which have resulted in at least 60 deaths, and more injured. Primary reason behind such apathy towards anything that is old, illegal or poorly constructed is questionable.
High Court also explained that, responsibilities of any amenities in city fall on Municipal Corporation only. Court also stated further that Corporation can’t blame the Railway for the incident.
“Any incident pertaining to civic amenities which affects citizens is the civic body’s responsibility. You (BMC) cannot pass the buck or wash off your hands saying this property belongs to some other authority,” Justice Patil said. “Nobody is taking the responsibility for yesterday’s incident. Similarly, after the stampede incident at Elphinstone Road, no one took the responsibility,” Justice Kulkarni noted.
Here are some prominent incidents of constructions collapsing in Mumbai over the last couple of years:
Wadala Wall Collapse:2018
In June this year, the 40-foot wall of a high rise in Mumbai’s Antop Hill area in Wadala collapsed. The residents of the building, Llyod Estate, blamed the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation for their plight. While no lives were lost, many vehicles were destroyed and the residents had to evacuate the building.
Ghatkopar Building Collapse:2017
Twelve people were killed in Mumbai’s core suburb Ghatkopar in July 2017, when a four-story building collapsed during the monsoons. The building was allegedly over 30 years old. A Sena leader arrested after the collapse, was linked to illegal structural changes, in his nursing home on the ground floor.
Three people were killed and twelve people were injured when a building in Mumbai’s Mankhurd collapsed after a cylinder blast. Fire officials said the explosion was caused by a leaking LPG cylinder. The incident took place in December 2016.
Bandra building collapse
Six children were killed in October 2016 when a 5-storey building collapsed in Mumbai’s Bandra East. Because the area was so congested, parts of two other buildings also collapsed as a consequence.