Expressing shock over the stampede at Elphinstone railway station, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis announced an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh for the families of the deceased. The medical expenses of those injured will be borne by the state government, he said. The stampede on Friday killed at least 22 people and injured 39 others.
“My heart goes out to the families who lost their loved ones and got affected,” CM Fadnavis tweeted. “Enquiry will be conducted by Government of Maharashtra and Ministry of Railways and necessary, strict action will be taken,” he added. Fadnavis said he has spoken to Chief Secretary the Commissioner of Mumbai Police and asked them to reach the hospital to monitor the situation and ensure that everyone gets all the help.
Railways Minister Piyush Goyal also announced an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh by the Railways to the families of those who lost their lives in the stampede at Elphinstone railway station. He also stated that those grievously injured in the incident will get rupees one lakh whereas those with minor injuries will be given Rs 50,000.
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Stating that he has issued directions for safety and capacity audit of congested foot over bridges in Mumbai, the Railway Minister said, “Wherever there is a need for foot over bridges to be widened, we will do it immediately on high priority.”
Goyal, who reached Mumbai to take a stock of the situation, said that he has ordered a high-level inquiry into the incident, to be headed by the Chief Safety Officer of Western Railways.
PM Narendra Modi also extended his condolences to those who died in the stampede that took place at around 11 am on a foot over bridge connecting Elphinstone Road and Parel suburban railway stations. At least 22 people were killed and over 39 injured in the incident.
Elphinstone station is usually crowded during peak hours as it caters to office-goers in the Lower Parel area. The station, on the Western Line of the Mumbai suburban rail network, also connects to Parel station on the Central line.