Elphinstone station stampede: Piyush Goyal announces passenger safety measures

Violet Powell
October 2, 2017

"A case under section 304 (II) of the IPC for culpable homicide needs to be registered against the railway officials concerned", the petition said.

TV footage showed injured people lying on the ground and locals attempting to revive them by pumping their chests.

In a statement released after a high-level meeting on Saturday, the railways also said in order to enhance its monitoring mechanism, CCTV cameras would be installed in all the suburban trains in Mumbai within 15 months and subsequently, across the country.

Authorities are investigating what caused the stampede on a raised staircase of a pedestrian bridge linking two commuter railway stations in India's west-coast financial capital.

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"My deepest condolences to all those who have lost their lives due to stampede in Mumbai". The fire brigade arrived at around 11.35 am to carry out rescue operations even as the dead and the injured were rushed to the civic-run KEM Hospital.

According to reports, some 7.5 million passengers commute in almost 2,500 trains daily but hundreds die every year due to losing their grip on the doors, falling while trying to get into packed compartments and hitting electric poles outside. "Prayers with those who are injured". "Piyush Goyal is in Mumbai taking stock of the situation and ensuring all assistance". "Have ordered a high level enquiry headed by the Chief Safety Officer, Western Railways". "Parallel work across India", Mr. Goyal wrote. The tragedy was filmed on mobile phones from a platform opposite the bridge connecting the Elphinstone Road and Parel stations. He had said Parel terminus project is likely to be executed on a fast-track mode and several measures will be taken to prevent recurrence of such incidents.

Officials attributed the stampede and the deaths to heavy rainfall which contributed to more people using the already overcrowded bridge for shelter.

The Indian rail network carries more than 23 million passengers daily, the equivalent to moving the entire population of Australia, and connects 8,000 stations across the subcontinent.

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