Based on an analysis of the August 29 floods in the city, officials at the Storm Water Drains (SWD) Department had sent a list of 29 proposals to the Railways pertaining to culverts that needed to be either widened or cleaned.
After repeated attempts to solicit response on construction of bridges, the railways informed him that an FOB had been sanctioned at the Kalyan end of Parel railway station and tendering was at the final stage.
The Khatua Committee was formed in October last year after the state government decided to put a maximum and minimum cap on fare charged by cab aggregators. The committee was finalising the fare slabs for taxis, rickshaws and app-based cabs.
75 lakh passengers travel on Mumbai locals everyday, 2.64 billion a year, in conditions an expert calls "cattle class". As unimaginative planning just adds stations and lengthens platforms to meet demand, and major projects miss deadlines, the September 29 stampede that killed 23 people was a disaster waiting to happen.
The highest section load was observed on the Dadar-Elphinstone Road (1,43,690 passengers) section for Up direction, while the highest section load for Down direction was observed on the Dadar-Matunga section (1,60,633 passengers).
“We are turning a 150-year-old convention on its head. Hereafter, FOBs will be deemed mandatory, not a passenger amenity. To eliminate bureaucracy and delays, I have empowered GMs to spend whatever is necessary on safety,” said Piyush Goyal.
The booking office near the north-bound staircase of the bridge had turned into a “lost and found” centre for the families of the victims. Few GRP officials guarded the belongings of the victims, which included bags, plastic bottles and mobile phones.
Elphinstone stampede: "The incident is a reflection of the sorry state of the railways. Regular commuters, including me, have tweeted to the ministry long ago about how such a stampede is waiting to happen,” said Abhishek Shenoy, a commuter.
“Gondhal is integral to Navaratri. The instruments and words used are specific to the goddess. Devotees who follow ancient practices still arrange for a Gondhal at the pandal on the eighth day as a ritual,” Laxman, who is the fifth generation Gondhali in his family, said.
“On any given day, at least 60-70 motormen and guards do not report to work due to various reasons — medical needs, refresher courses, holidays and other reasons. We employ spare staff by re-adjusting their working hours,” a senior official said.
“All coaches of either August Kranti or Rajdhani Express will be fitted with a camera within three months. They will be advanced in nature and will be better for monitoring and surveillance. This could assure better security to passengers in the train,” said A K Gupta, General Manager, WR.
According to travel booking portals, ticket costs from Mumbai to Delhi, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Kolkata have seen a 50 per cent increase. On September 20, 181 flights were cancelled while several were delayed or re-scheduled.
In light of the weather prediction for Wednesday, schools and colleges will remain shut “for the safety of students”, Education Minister announced Tuesday evening. The loss will be compensated by cutting Diwali holidays short by a day.