The KEM hospital where all the injured of the stampede, took place at Elphinstone railway station’s North foot over bridge, were shifted, is reportedly facing the shortage of blood to treat the victims of the stampede. The hospital currently faces shortage of B- and AB-. The Mumbai railway station stampede, in which at least 22 were killed and more that 37 were severely injured, occurred at around 9:30 AM, when the stations notice the maximum footfall.

Following the tragic incident, 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.

Reports have claimed that from past three years, the concerned authorities have been ignoring the revamping of the foot over bridge.  

Commenting on the matter, Anil Saxena, DG PR of Railways, said that due to sudden rain people waited at the station. After the rain stopped there was chaos to go out after which the stampede occurred.

Taking the cognizance of the matter, Union Railway Minister, Piyush Goyal who is currently in Mumbai taking the stock of the situation said, that he had ordered a high level enquiry in the matter and the investigation will be headed by the Chief Safety Officer, Western Railways.

Vinod Tawde, the BJP leader form Maharashtra announced Rs 5 lakh compensation will be given to the kin of dead. The State Govt will bear medical expenses of injured, he added.

Expressing his grief over the stampede, President Ramnath Kovind said that he was anguished by the loss of lives in the stampede in Mumbai. He further paid condolences to the bereaved families.

Firing cannons on the Rail Ministry, the irked locals said that the concerned authorities do not care about the people. The bridge is for the people not for the hawkers, locals added.

One eyewitness also claimed that the condition of the foot over bridge had been deteriorating for quite some time now; also the size of the bridge is very small. The station witnesses thousands of footfalls every hour still no considerations to revamping the bridge were taken.

Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) ally, Shiv Sena also targeted the Central government and took a jibe at PM Modi. The leader said, “Govt is not being able to provide basic amenities at stations, but catering the dreams of bullet trains.”

Helpline numbers: Churchgate station- 22039840, Mumbai Central station- 23051665 and Elphinstone Road station- 24301614

First Published | 29 September 2017 2:14 PM
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