Mumbai railway station stampede kills 22 amid heavy rain
- Author: Leroy Wright Oct 01, 2017,
Oct 01, 2017, 22:06
Nirupam also shared that he along with his team will begin visiting all railway stations and conduct a detailed survey of such FOBs that were narrow and overcrowded, since they were sitting ducks for similar stampedes.
On Saturday, a meeting was conducted by Railway Minister Piyush Goyal with senior officials of Western Railway. "We feel that at least 9, 000 people use it during peak hours because each 12-coach train carries around 4, 800 commuters". Due to sudden heavy rains, people started gathering on the foot over bridge to take shelter. "Local rail administration has to take up the responsibility of execution", said another official, according to a TOI report.
After meeting the victims in the Mumbai's KEM hospital in Parel, Chavan expressed grave concern over the incident and said 'government is somewhere responsible for the stampede'.
In her petition, she wrote, "Statistically speaking, nine people die every day on the tracks of Mumbai".
Railways Minister Piyush Goyal said the incident was being investigated.
Police reached the spot while the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation's disaster management unit said agencies have been mobilised to tackle the situation.
Former Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu had sanctioned a Rs 11.86 fund for the construction of a wider bridge at Mumbai's Elphinstone railway station that witnessed a deadly stampede on Friday. "The injured are being provided medical treatment at the nearest hospitals". Many were seriously injured.
Part of the bridge's tin roof then collapsed and caused panic among the people, said the officer. Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted to offer his "deepest condolences" to those who lost their lives and "prayers with those who are injured".
"There were too many people on the bridge, and the people were in hurry and wanted to move out", said Brijesh Upadhyay, one of the many caught in the crowd.