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At least five killed after pedestrian bridge collapse in Mumbai

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Raiz Parmar, a hawker at the station, who brought one of the injured in the hospital, said, "The father and son duo were walking below the bridge when the bridge collapsed".

The 35 feet bridge connects CST railway station's platform No1 with BT Lane near the Times of India Building and the Anjuman-e-Islam School and was used by thousands of passengers bustling to catch local trains on Central Railway and the Harbour Line daily.

ANI reported that senior police officers and the fire brigade, as well as ambulances, were rushed to the location. "However, we're extending all our support to the victims". It is also referred to as the "Kasab bridge" as the 26/11 Mumbai attack terrorist passed through it.

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The CM also said that a high-level committee will probe the circumstances under which the 40-year-old over-bridge collapsed.

Fadnavis was speaking to reporters after meeting the injured in St George's Hospital nearby.

That collapse, at Mumbai's Elphinstone Road railway station, had left 23 people dead. "Railway doctors & personnel are cooperating with BMC in relief & rescue operations", Ministry of Railways said. Before the signal turned green, the bridge came down along with people on it. The removal of the collapsed bridge's steel frame began on Friday.

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Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis visited the accident site earlier today.

The civic body ordered a show-cause notice to be issued to the contractor who undertook the fix work, RPS Infraprojects Limited.

"I am not politicising the issue, but hollow promises are not going to serve the people anyway". BJP MLA Raj Purohit has demanded stern action against the audit team which failed to take precautionary action. He further added that a re-audit of those bridges, which have been audited earlier, has been ordered. He added that the state government would provide for their treatment. As part of the survey, a structural audit of 344 bridges was undertaken. The bridge was constructed in 1984, about 35 years ago.

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