Railway Minister Piyush Goyal on Monday suffered severe stomach pain, following which he was admitted to Breach Candy hospital in South Mumbai in the evening. Goyal was about to address a press conference at 6.30 pm at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus railway station when he was rushed to the hospital. Minister had to cancel his meetings with senior railways officials midway. Senior Railway officials claim that Goyal suffered severe stomach pain and even throat issues.
Before hospitalisation, Goyal visited suburban Elphinstone Road and Currey Road stations to take stock of ongoing construction of the Foot Over Bridges (FOBs) by the Army. He complained of uneasiness after addressing a review meeting of senior Central and Western Railway officials at the CSMT this evening. The official said that after holding a review meeting with the officials, the minister complained of uneasiness due to acidity. Later, an ambulance was called as part of protocol though he was fit enough to walk and preferred to travel in his own vehicle. “He (Goyal) has been admitted to a private hospital and is fine now,” the official said. Due to his ill health, Goyal did not attend a scheduled press conference.
Earlier in the day Goyal traveled in Mumbai local train.He took a surprise ride on the suburban train to the nearby Currey Road station and also visited Elphinstone Road. He did this in the wake of Elphinstone Road stampede incident following which he said that railway staff will travel onboard just to check how basic public amenities are functioning on the ground.
— ANI (@ANI) November 27, 2017
Goyal also visited Elphinstone Road railway station to review the progress of the ongoing foot over bridge construction. Following the visit, the Railway minister took to Twitter and praised the progress of the work by the Indian Army. “Visited Elphinstone Road railway station and reviewed the progress of Foot over bridge’s construction. The Army has been working tirelessly to build the infrastructure within the given timeline,” he said.
Visited Elphinstone Road railway station and reviewed the progress of Foot over bridge’s construction. The Army has been working tirelessly to build the infrastructure within the given timeline. pic.twitter.com/ZhcqSorH7f
— Piyush Goyal (@PiyushGoyal) November 27, 2017
Notably, this is the second time Goyal visited Elphinstone road station after the tragic accident that took place on September 29. In the foot-over-bridge (FOB stampede 23 people were killed and 38 injured). In his first visit, Goyal had visited the site along with Defence Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman, where the duo announced that the army will take over the responsibility to build new FOBs.