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After Elphinstone tragedy another FOB collapses in Mumbai leaving one injured
After the recent tragedy of Elphinstone bridge collapse, another foot-over bridge (FOB) has collapsed leaving one woman injured. The FOB connects the Charni Road station with the Thakurdwar area.

The incident comes just weeks after the Elphinstone stampede which left 23 people dead. The woman who has been injured has been identified as 67-year-old Dongar Rao. The GPF and RPF personnel immediately took Rao to a nearby hospital for treatment.  

As per reports, there were plans to reconstruct the bridge, so the BMC had started dismantling one end of the FOB in order to reconstruct it, but in phases. The FOB is the one that is towards the southern end of Charni Road station.  

The incident has once again exposed how the work of public utilities gets delayed due to lack of coordination among various agencies and need of permission. The traffic police had given the clearance to reconstruct the FOB on the condition that it should be done in phases. Same request was made by the railways as well. And while BMC began the work, the whole project got stuck in the labyrinth of permissions and jurisdictions, mainly between the BMC and railways. 

The project was divided into three phases and while the work began on one, the permissions for the second were delayed. Had the conditions been even a little bit averse, yesterday's accident could also have turned into another stampede.  

Various reports also suggested that they have been complaining to the authorities about the condition of the bridge but no or very little action was taken on their complaints.

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