Elphinstone stampede: Hours after the railway foot overbridge stampede that claimed at least 22 lives and injured over 30 others, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal announced that all the suburban stations will be inspected within the next seven days. As quoted by ANI, Goyal said, “In next 7 days all suburban stations will be inspected to identify vulnerable issues; will speed up work on FOBs.” He added, “Employees of Mumbai Railways have accepted my request to not celebrate Dusshera in the wake of the Mumbai Stampede incident.” Piyush Goyal was at the BMC-run KEM Hospital, where the bodies of the deceased who were killed in the tragedy were brought along with the injured who were brought there for treatment.
Goyal, as quoted by PTI, said, “A complete safety and capacity audit of all the FOBs across the suburban train network will be conducted.” He added, “Normally, it takes 20 days to come out with the report (of any incident), but for the auditing purpose of all the FOBs, we need to send technical experts and I guess that within 20 days we will have the audit reports of all the FOBs of the suburban trains.”
In wake of the tragic incident that took place earlier in the morning, Goyal said that the Railways would expedite improvement in suburban train services “on highest priority”. “I have come to know that the official procedure to widen the ill-fated bridge was underway. Budget was sanctioned only last year and the tendering process was underway, but unfortunately, this most tragic incident unfolded today,” he said. He condoled the death of the 22 people and said that his thoughts were with the grieving families. He said even yesterday he had underlined the necessity to improve the comfort level of train travellers by bringing incremental changes in the amenities. “I want to assure all, the Indian Railway is committed to doing that,” Goyal said.