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Mumbai Police blame BMC for bridge collapse, say Railways is not responsible

The Mumbai Police on Friday filed a First Information Report blaming the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation for Thursday’s collapse of a foot overbridge in Mumbai, which killed six people, Loksatta reported. The police said Railways were not responsible after the corporation agreed that the maintenance of the bridge came under its jurisdiction and not the Railways’.

The police filed the FIR within hours of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis instructing the Mumbai Municipal Commissioner Ajoy Mehta to fix “primary responsibility” for the incident by Friday evening. Mehta has ordered the vigilance department to submit a preliminary report within 24 hours, identifying the municipal staff and structural auditor responsible for the incident. The bridge was declared “fit to use” in a structure audit report submitted six months ago by the municipal corporation, The Indian Express reported.


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