A rumour about the overbridge "collapsing" sparked panic among morning peak-hour commuters on a rainy day, leading to people rushing towards its staircase with several of them slipping on the wet steps and falling over one another.
Twenty-three lives were lost on the foot overbridge on Elphinstone Road station on September 29, 2017. Tragedy struck during the morning rush hour when rain caught commuters unaware, causing a stampede. For those who lived to tell the tale, the wounds are yet to heal.
“The move to include the aid of Army is welcome. However, the same raises eyebrows on the efficiency of the engineering department of the Railways and its administrative section, considering they are unable to complete the work in the given time," says a railway activist.
The minister's remarks come at a time when the railway has been facing embarrassment over the recent spate of train derailments and after the Elphinstone foot overbridge stampede claimed 20 lives in Mumbai.