Under-construction flyover collapses in Mumbai’s Bandra Kurla Complex

Portion of Under-construction Flyover Collapses in Bandra Kurla Complex

Thirteen labourers were injured when a portion of an under-construction flyover collapsed in Mumbai’s Bandra Kurla Complex area. The Bandra Kurla Complex is a business and residential district in Bandra, Mumbai, India. It is a prominent upscale commercial hub which commands some of the highest property rates in the country. According to MMRDA, the complex is the first of a series of “growth centres” created to “arrest further concentration” of offices and commercial activities in eastern parts of Mumbai. It has aided to decongest the CBD (Central Business District) in South Mumbai while seeding new areas of planned commercial real estate in the metropolitan region.

It covers 370 hectares of once low-lying land on either side of the Mithi river, Vakola Nalla and Mahim Creek. The area had poor surface drainage and was severely affected by pollution in the Mahim Creek. One of the important features of the channelisation of Mithi river and Vakola nalla was to improve water carrying capacity and reduce pollution. Mithi River for about 4.5 km of its length from Mahim Causeway to C.S.T. Road Bridge and its tributary Vakola Nalla, for 2.5 km of its length, have been channelised for an average 60 m and 40 m bed widths respectively, thereby improving the hydraulic features of these two important water courses in the BKC area.The under-construction flyover connecting BKC main road and Santa Cruz-Chembur Link Road collapsed around 4:30 am. Police and fire department officials rushed to the spot immediately. The wounded daily wagers were shifted to BN Desai Hospital for treatment.

“Nine people sustained minor injuries & were taken to a nearby hospital after a portion of an under-construction flyover collapsed in Mumbai’s Bandra Kurla Complex at around 4:40 am today”, said a fire brigade official present at the spot.

More details are awaited.