Wednesday, 22 November, 2017

Stampede at railway footbridge in India's Mumbai kills 22

Mumbai stampede Mumbai stampede
Howard Terry | 02 October, 2017, 00:32

The incident took place on a foot over bridge linking Elphinstone Road and Parel suburban railway stations during the rush hour on Friday morning, which was compounded by people using the bridge for shelter from the rain. This shall be done in parallel across India as well. "Making of a tender, finalising its commercial aspects and floating it online is a continuous process", Ravinder Bhaker, Chief Public Relations Officer of Western Railways, said.

Traffic on the narrow six-foot wide bridge has of late increased as the station is also the nearest access point for the newly developed business district of Lower Parel. "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". 20 new FOBs on Central Railway approved. It will ease the load on the existing FOB where a stampede on Friday left 23 dead. In any case, a wider foot over bridge would have prevented a stampede from killing commuters.

"Since there were rains lot of people took the foot-over bridge and it was completely packed", said an eye-witness, who stays in the nearby area.

"There was a huge crowd on the FOB [foot overbridge]". The Elphinstone Road station was named to honour John Elphinstone who served as the Governor of Bombay from 1853 to 1860.

"There were too many people on the bridge, and the people were in hurry and wanted to move out", said Brijesh Upadhyay, one of the many caught in the crowd.

"We have taken all the injured to hospitals and are carrying out rescue work", Mr Anil Saxena, a railway spokesman, told Xinhua. "After that, people just panicked and started rushing down".

According to the Western Railway press release, stations with a high footfall will get additional escalators, the details of which are to be finalised in the next two weeks. Unless and until people from outside don't stop coming to Mumbai, nothing is going to change.

"Many people cribbed about how India can make do with a cheaper bullet train".

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