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Mumbai stampede: Piyush Goyal chairs emergency meet, gives agencies a week to resolve issues

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Published:September 29, 2017 9:00 pm


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Railways Minister Piyush Goyal held an emergency assembly with officers from the ministry on Friday following the stampede on a foot overbridge at Mumbai’s Elphinstone Road Station which killed at the very least 22 folks and injured 39 others. The ministry has issued a slew of directives to the suburban rail community, together with upgrading CCTV techniques, resolving pending issues and checking out area constraints in any respect stations. Earlier on Friday, Goyal introduced a high-level enquiry into the incident and an ex-gratia fee of Rs 5 lakh to the subsequent of kin of the deceased and between Rs 50,00zero and Rs 1 lakh to these injured.

Heavy rains in Mumbai on Friday morning led to a rush of commuters coming into Elphinstone railway station, main to a stampede on the foot overbridge at its entrance. Thousands of commuters reportedly move by means of the station, positioned on the Western Line of the Mumbai suburban railway community, on a regular basis.

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The ministry has directed multidisciplinary audit groups to examine all suburban stations inside one week and establish areas of concern. All pending work on footover bridges (FOB) are to be accomplished, whereas extra FOBs will probably be deliberate at others stations the place passenger visitors is excessive. Further, the ministry has given all agencies, together with the BMC, MMRDA, CIDCO and the state authorities, a weeks time to resolve all pending issues. It has additionally directed officers to establish vital places susceptible to related conditions and draw up actions plans for them.

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