CST Bridge Collapse: How Many More Disasters Before Mumbai Stops Saying, “Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro”?

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CST Bridge Collapse: How Many More Disasters Before Mumbai Stops Saying, “Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro”?

Illustration: Shruti Yatam

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weekday noon outside Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji railway terminus is usually a scene of chaos – office-goers, buses, hawkers, and cars merge into a gleeful cacophony that stays unbroken until midnight. On Friday, however, a dead hush pervaded the DN Road stretch where the stench of tragedy still hung from the skeleton of the foot overbridge that collapsed on Thursday evening. At peak hour. When the concrete slabs gave way under the feet of pedestrians who continue to trust in the city’s infrastructure and killed six and injured more than 30.

A few hundred metres away, the statue of Pherozeshah Mehta, one of the visionaries who built Bombay, appears to be turning its back on the scene of the crime. For crime it is, although the criminals will play the blame game for some time to come, until the indifferent Mumbaikar forgets it all. Once again.

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