A section of the 50-year-old Majerhat bridge caved in Tuesday killing one person and injuring several others. Bridge experts in the city feel that lack of proper repair work of the Majerhat bridge had led to its collapse.
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A 50 metre-high section of the bridge, including a tower that anchored several supports, crashed down with as many as 35 vehicles driving on it, landing on the roofs of two warehouses, plunging huge slabs of reinforced concrete onto train tracks and into a riverbed.
The 150-year-old FOB was declared dangerous last year, but could not be demolished until its ownership was ascertained. The civic body’s B-ward (Sandhurst Road, Mohammad Ali Road, Dongri and Nagpada) will demolish the FOB.
According to sources, a team from IIT-Mumbai, the BMC and railways inspected the Gokhale bridge on Friday to ascertain the cause of the collapse. Railway officials stated that professors from the technology institute had confirmed that the girders of the bridge were not weak.