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Mumbai bridge collapse: Auditor Neeraj Desai arrested

Rescue personnel stand at the site of the foot overbridge collapse outside the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus railway station in Mumbai. Photograph:( Reuters )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Mar 18, 2019, 08.47 PM (IST)

An auditor, Neeraj Desai who had conducted an audit of the Mumbai bridge which collapsed on March 14 has been arrested by police on Monday, ANI news agency reported.

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Neerajkumar Desai's firm had reportedly carried out the structural audit of the bridge and declared it safe for use despite some corrosion in the structure, police said.

"We detained Desai Sunday after ascertaining negligence on his part and arrested him," Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone I) Abhishek Trimukhe told reporters here.

A foot overbridge at Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus railway station collapsed on March 14, leaving six people dead and 36 injured. 

The Maharashtra Government has announced ex-gratia of Rs 5 Lakh each for the next of kin of those who were killed in the tragic incident.

"Ex-gratia of Rs 5 Lakh each will be given to the families of those who died in the incident and compensation of Rs 50,000 each will be given to the injured, the state government will provide for their treatment," Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said.

Civic and railway authorities in Mumbai on Saturday began working on alternate arrangements for commuters using CSMT station.

Meanwhile, a 40-metre stretch of the road median beneath the collapsed FOB has been removed so that people can cross DN Road and enter CSMT railway station.

(With inputs from agencies)

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A foot overbridge at Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus railway station collapsed on March 14, leaving six people dead and 36 injured.