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Indian army steps in to build new foot over bridge at Elphinstone Road station, move invites criticism
Union ministers Nirmala Sitharaman and Piyush Goyal visited the station today, a month after the tragic stampede on the Elphinstone Road station foot over bridge which left 23 people dead.
The railway administration has undertaken a drive to evict illegal hawkers from the entry and exit points of the station as well as from the foot overbridges to ease commuter movement.
Crowd mistook vendor's 'phool gir gaya' cry as 'pul gir gaya': Mumbai's Elphinstone stampede survivor
A woman told the inquiry panel that this set off panic among the crowd of people on the stair and they started running, trampling one another.
Once called 'Giran-gaon' or the city of (textile) mills, the area around Elphinstone Road and Parel stations in central Mumbai now has a skyline filled with glass-and-concrete towers.
Fadnavis, who returned to the city from a three-day tour of South Korea and Singapore this evening, met the injured persons and also spoke to the hospital authorities.
The Shiv Sena lost no time and minced no words to blame the stampede at the Elphinstone Road railway station on the state and central governments, in which it is a partner.
Eye-witnesses shuddered as they recounted Friday morning's stampede on the foot over-bridge at the Elphinstone Road railway station in Mumbai.
The steel-and-glass towers that dot central Mumbai's skyline, drawing in lakhs of people every day, also explain the tragedy that struck the megapolis, extinguishing at least 22 lives.
The CAG audit of suburban train services has said that railway has reduced the width of the foot-over-bridges at many stations, posing threat to passengers’ safety.