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Army inspects station, railway officials list likely hurdles in meeting January deadline

The decision to carry out the construction of the FOBs on a war footing was announced when Devendra Fadnavis visited the Elphinstone Road station.

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Keep The Army Out Of It

Diversion of the armed forces for routine civilian tasks has long-term costs

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A bridge too many

Employing army for non-emergency tasks — as in Mumbai — sends out troubling signals. It should be an exception

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Mumbai death bridge to be built on a war footing — by Army

Punjab CM Amarinder Singh, Omar Abdullah say Govt using Army to cover its failures

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Many lives could have been saved if new bridges were built earlier, say Elphinstone stampede victims’ kin

“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.

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Unlimited budgets available for safety-related items, says Railway minister

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.

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Elphinstone Road station stampede: Congress, Shiv Sena dub Railways probe report as ‘eyewash’

A five-member panel of the Railways said in its report that the stampede was triggered by heavy rains and ‘confusion’

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Elphinstone Road Station stampede: Western Railway probe blames heavy rain, panic

“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

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Elphinstone stampede: Panel to probe delay in issuing tender for foot overbridge

The tender was incidentally floated on September 29 –the day 23 people were killed in the stampede on the existing decades-old foot overbridge.

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Mumbai stampede probe: Railway officials given clean chit by inquiry committee

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.

Report on safer train commute: A year later, GRP suggestions yet to be implemented

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”.

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Elphinstone stampede: Multi-disciplinary units propose 40 new FOBs, 70 additional escalators

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.

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Elphinstone stampede probe: Flower seller said ‘phool gir gaya’, others heard ‘pul’, says police

“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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The agony and the city

Mumbai stampede was a systemic crime. City needs an empowered government of its own

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Elphinstone Road stampede: Injured 19-yr-old undergoes femur bone surgery

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.