Soon after the defence minister’s announcement, many retired defence personnel criticised the centre for using the Army for ‘petty tasks’
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.
Foot overbridges will be mandatory, CCTV cameras to be installed in Mumbai trains: Piyush Goyal after stampede
Piyush Goyal made the announcement in a meeting of the entire Railway Board after a rush hour stampede at a Mumbai station claimed at least 23 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.
At least 22 people were killed and over 30 injured in a rush-hour stampede on a narrow foot overbridge (FOB) linking Elphinstone Road and Parel suburban stations during heavy rain this morning.
After the accident, Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal reached Mumbai to take stock of the situation.
Making an announcement here, he said the Railway Ministry, as well as the Maharashtra government, would provide an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh each to the kin of every deceased.
Commuters panicked upon hearing a rumour that a bridge had collapses, eye witnesses said. According to some others, there was a short circuit leading to overcrowding on the bridge.