In a tragic news being reported from Mumbai, at least 22 people have died and more than 36 people have been reported to be severely injured in the stampede that took place at Elphinstone railway station’s North foot over bridge. The incident took place at around 9:30 AM, which is the peak time for the office goers, when the footfall was massive. Railway Minister, Piyush Goyal is expected to visit the area to take the stock of situations.

After the incident broke out Accident Relief Medical Equipment Train (ARMET) reached the spot to provide the required medical treatment. Senior Railway had also rushed to the spot to provide any assistance to the injured ones. Currently, the injured ones are being shifted to KEM hospital for further treatment.

Reports suggest that the number of people who died in the incident are like to increase. The Elphinstone railway station’s foot over bridge is small and connects two important stations —Parel and Elphinstone. The area around the station is considered to be the hub of private and government offices.

Reports claim that for quite a long time the demand to revamp the bridge were being made, but now action was taken by the concerned authorities in this regard.

Commenting on the tragic incident, BJP’s ally, Shiv Sena’s MLA said, “Govt is not being able to provide basic facilities & services at stations, but catering the dreams of bullet trains.”

The stampede at the station has irked the Mumbaikars, demanding the resignation of the concerned authorities.

This incident took place after Mumbai witnessed unexpected heavy rains and thundershowers on Friday morning. Following the inconsistent rains, the traffic jams were reported around Lower Parel, Eastern Freeway among other areas.

Mumbai has been a constant victim of rains, with trains being delayed and the work life coming to a complete halt. Recently, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) were put into corners with various media reports highlighting that how BMC lacks in providing basic services.

Following the continuous rains a build had also collapsed in Mumbai taking the lives of more than 10 people. Meanwhile, Thackeray said all BMC officials and departments did a good job given the extreme rainfall which was not anticipated.

Earlier this year, during the Ram Navami festival in Ayodhya, the celebration turned fatal after one died and two were left brutally injured in a stampede that broke out near Tulsi Udyan, Uttar Pradesh. As per eyewitnesses, one woman was crushed to death and other two were left injured.

First Published | 29 September 2017 11:39 AM
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