Mumbai: Matunga foot over-bridge shut after cracks develop

Matunga bridge

Mumbai, July 18: Just two weeks after the Andheri bridge crash, the BMC has been forced to shut another pedestrian bridge, this time at Matunga.

Part of the Matunga (west) foot over-bridge (FOB) has been closed to the public for the past two weeks after civic officials said they noticed cracks on it.

According to Times of Indias report, Ashok Khairnar, the assistant municipal commissioner of the G North ward, said the FOB was shut on Saturday. “We directed our staff and also the bridges department to inspect the structure. Till we get their report, the FOB would be kept shut,” he said.

One person died and four others were injured when the pedestrian portion of an Andheri rail over-bridge collapsed onto the tracks on July 3.

Luckily no train was passing by, or else the tragedy would have been immense. Initially, the pedestrians seemed unaware that it was shut.

Earlier, the bridge running over railway tracks in Grant Road developed cracks and was shut for traffic.

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