A five-member panel of the Railways said in its report that the stampede was triggered by heavy rains and ‘confusion’
“The stampede took place because of the unexpected heavy rain which forced the public outside the station to rush to the staircases which were already crowded,” said Western Railway’s Chief PRO Ravinder Bhakar
The tender was incidentally floated on September 29 –the day 23 people were killed in the stampede on the existing decades-old foot overbridge.
An inquiry team found that the Elphinstone Road station stampede was caused due to panic and confusion created on the foot overbridge, coupled with rains.
The report identifies 183 points across the local suburban railway services as “accident prone” with the stretch between Kurla and Mulund on the central line being “the most accident prone”.
There are also recommendations for increasing safety equipment at stations that include walkie talkies, megaphones, more CCTV cameras, and installation of dividers inside the foot overbridges.
“Around the same time is when a young girl slipped on the stairway leading to a domino effect and ensuing a stampede. Looking to escape, people trampled over one another. Within ten minutes, it was all over”
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Akash Parab, who lives in Vikhroli, was among the 39 injured admitted at the hospital on September 29 after rains and peak-hour rush triggered a stampede on the foot overbridge that connects the Elphinstone Road railway station on the Western line with the station at Parel on the Central line.
Sunday was his birthday, but the President Kovind did not take leave from his official duties. Instead, he flew to Maharashtra on the state government’s invitation for the inauguration of the Shirdi airport, and then to Mumbai for a function where Maharashtra was declared open defecation free.
The Mumbai stampede began on 10.15 am, and bodies were pulled out till 11.30 am. Many of those who died were buried under at least four or five other people for over 30 minutes.
“I am anguished by the loss of lives in the tragedy. My condolences go out to the bereaved families, and prayers for those injured,” President Kovind said.
Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal has assured that the new FOB will be ready within a year.
Camera captured only the crowd on the bridge, not the spot where the incident took place, says officer.
Mumbai’s trains and their commuters have long been romanticised which gloss over the defeated, dejected faces of the millions on board who face everyday dangers that range from suffocation to ripped kurtas, sexual assault to physical injury.