1. Railway Minister Piyush Goyal takes big decision for safety of passengers in the wake of Mumbai’s Elphinstone stampede

Railway Minister Piyush Goyal takes big decision for safety of passengers in the wake of Mumbai’s Elphinstone stampede

"We are turning a 150 year old convention on its head, hereafter, FOBs (Foot Over Bridges) will be deemed mandatory not a passenger amenity," Goyal said in a Tweet.

By: | Updated: September 30, 2017 4:19 PM
Railway Ministry, Piyush Goyal, FOBs, Foot Over Bridges, Piyush Goyal, FOBs Foot Over Bridges, “We are turning a 150 year old convention on its head, hereafter, FOBs (Foot Over Bridges) will be deemed mandatory not a passenger amenity,” Goyal said in a Tweet. (Piyush Goyal/Twitter)

In wake of Elphinstone station tragedy, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal on Saturday held a high-level meeting and took some key decisions in the interest of passenger safety. In one of the major decisions, the minister said that Foot Over Bridges (FOBs) will not remain a mere passenger amenity, and will now be deemed mandatory for passengers. “We are turning a 150 year old convention on its head, hereafter, FOBs (Foot Over Bridges) will be deemed mandatory not a passenger amenity,” Goyal said in a Tweet.

“To eliminate bureaucracy and delays, I have empowered GMs to spend whatever is necessary on safety,” Goyal added. The ministry has also sanctioned additional escalators for crowded Mumbai suburban stations and thereafter for all high traffic stations. The Railway Minister also said that as many as 200 officers will be relocated from Head Quarters as field staff to strengthen ground operations and project implementation.

At least 23 people died and over 30 were injured in the stampede that took place on Friday narrow foot-over-bridge (FoB) that connects the Elphinstone Road on the Western Railway to Parel on the Central line. As per a senior official, the minister had also held marathon meetings on Thursday. He had said Parel terminus project is likely to be executed on a fast-track mode and several measures will be taken to prevent recurrence of such incidents.

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    Indian
    Oct 1, 2017 at 2:14 am
    23 DEATHS AND NO ONE ARRESTED?? Such incidents happen because there is no accountability. Similar things have happened in west. but they can put a case against authorities and get them punished. These things need to start happening in India. Same is true for road accidents, potholes, no manhole covers, etc. Find persons to punish and punish them.... things will fall in place soon. Today everyone knows, even if something goes wrong, there wont be a punishment, only people will cry for some time. We people have to change it
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      Girish
      Sep 30, 2017 at 5:31 pm
      GM's DRM 's on filed is most wanted thing , they hardly seen on the field ? they never travel in Zones ,they are underutilized their powers .
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