MD of MRVC, R S Khurana, said: “MRVC is going take help from RITES Limited to study traffic on both the corridors... Also, in future, Wadala-Ghatkopar-Kasarvadavali Metro line will run parallel to the CSMT-Panvel corridor and it needs to be studied whether both projects would get enough commuters.”
According to the chargesheet, the BMC’s A ward, which undertook the beautification of the bridge under Swachh Bharat Abhiyan in 2016, has told the Mumbai Police that it had written to the bridges department to carry out a structural stability assessment of the FOB before work could begin.
The report added that actors like corrosion, lack of repair and maintenance, increase in load on the bridge by addition of granite slab flooring during refurbishment work undertaken by ward A, led to the collapse.
The audit firm’s director said that his company had carried out inventory work and the structural audit and that the observations were made in a report dated December 26, 2016 — two years and three months before the collapse.
The bridge collapsed on March 14, killing seven persons, including staffers of Cama Hospital, and injuring 33 others. Desai, director of Prof D D Desai’s Structural Engineering and Analyst Private Ltd, was the first arrest in the case. The 709-page chargesheet was filed by Azad Maidan Police.