Shiv Sena expresses grief, attacks Centre over negligence of railway commuters

Shiv Sena expresses grief, attacks Centre over negligence of railway commuters”

This comes a day after a horrific stampede on the foot-over-bridge which connects Parel and Elphinstone road stations.

The deadly stampede happened around 10:30 a.m. local time Friday on a footbridge at Prabhadevi train station, formerly known as Elphinstone station, Anil Saxena, spokesman for India's Ministry of Railways told local media.

The stampede was triggered by falling concrete that hit the bridge railing, leading people in the crowd to surge forward to escape as they thought the bridge was collapsing, Mumbai police official Gansham Patel said.

Railway board chairman Ashwani Lohani, who arrived earlier this morning from New Delhi, came down heavily on officials, who welcomed him at the airport. However, in July, the name was changed to the Prabhadevi station despite any construction. Commuters poured on to the bridge, already crowded with others sheltering from the rain. "I have also given an order of a complete safety and capacity audit of all Foot over-bridges across the Suburban train network as Mumbai has several such congested foot over-bridges".

It has now been revealed that the project for widening of the rail foot-over bridge was sanctioned in 2016 but was not implemented by the railway authorities. Altogether 38 people were also injured. Political parties often indulge in blame game and do nothing to improve the conditions of railways.

Locals have voiced concern about the condition of Mumbai's infrastructure as the government moves forward to introduce bullet trains in the region.

Anguished by the loss of lives in the stampede in Mumbai. Elphinstone and Lower Parel house many big corporates.

"We need to follow a system for projects in the country". Just like the Seawood station was given facelift by a corporate firm such initiative should be taken by other firms for the benefit of people.

Last month, Goyal was appointed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to replace the previous railway minister following a series of accidents.

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