Days after Elphinstone tragedy in Mumbai, now foot over bridge collapses near Charni Road railway station

By: | Published: October 14, 2017 10:48 PM

Taking immediate cognizence of the issue, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal had announced a slew of measures for safety of commuters with a focus on foot-over bridges (FOBs) in the country.

Days after Elphinstone stampede, a part of the staircase of an unused footover bridge collapsed near Charni Road railway station on Saturday, ANI reported. (ANI Photo)

Days after Elphinstone stampede, a part of the staircase of an unused footover bridge collapsed near Charni Road railway station on Saturday, ANI reported. Two people suffered minor injuries in the accident, the report said. The incident comes days 23 people lost their lives in a deadly stampede on a foot overbridge (FOB) at Elphinstone station. As per a PTI report, the deadly tragedy took place when the overbridge, linking Elphinstone Road and Parel suburban stations, became overcrowded with people taking shelter from a heavy downpour. The bridge was used by lakhs of commuters every day to the commercial area with high-end corporate and media offices.

Taking immediate cognizence of the issue, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal had announced a slew of measures for safety of commuters with a focus on foot-over bridges (FOBs) in the country. Goyal said the FOBs would now be “mandatory” at all stations. Previously, only the first FOB at a railway station was considered essential and the subsequent a passenger amenity. Goyal chaired a nine-hour meeting with top railway officials in Mumbai to review passenger safety measures in response to the deadly accident, when a massive crowd of morning commuters stampeded on the stairwell of a narrow footbridge linking Elphinstone Road and Parel suburban railway stations.

Get live Stock Prices from BSE and NSE and latest NAV, portfolio of Mutual Funds, calculate your tax by Income Tax Calculator, know market’s Top Gainers, Top Losers & Best Equity Funds. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Switch to Hindi Edition