Mumbai, Sept 30: After the Elphinstone Railway station stampede on Friday, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal held a meeting on Saturday along with the full Railway board to discuss the ongoing infrastructural works on the suburban train network. The meeting was held at Western Railway’s headquarters at Churchgate. In a series of tweets, Goyal talked about the decisions that were taken at the meeting concerning the safety of Mumbaikars.
Piyush Goyal tweeted, “We are turning a 150 year old convention on its head, hereafter, FOBs (Foot Over Bridges) will be deemed mandatory not a passenger amenity.”
He said that to avoid delays in the work, the Railway ministry will spend whatever is necessary for the safety of people. His next tweet reads, “To eliminate bureaucracy and delays, I have empowered GMs to spend whatever is necessary on safety”.
A few railway stations in Mumbai have escalators along with the bridges. However, that’s not enough as some railway stations are extremely crowded. On the same matter, he said, “Additional escalators sanctioned at crowded Mumbai suburban stations and thereafter for all high traffic stations”.
Piyush Goyal’s next tweet read, “200 officers to be relocated from Head Quarters as field staff to strengthen ground operations and project implementation”. (ALSO READ: Won’t Let A Brick be Laid in Bullet Train Project, Threatens Raj Thackeray)
“Within the next 15 months, CCTV cameras in all suburban trains in Mumbai with monitoring mechanism. Parallel work across India”, reads his tweets.
In the stampede yesterday, 22 people lost their while 30 were injured. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis visited the those injured in the stampede at KEM hospital on Friday. He said that they will investigate the matter and take action against the culprits. (ALSO READ: Tweets Had Forewarned About Elphinstone Station Stampede)
Railway Minister Piyush Goyal announced yesterday that his ministry and the Maharashtra Government will give Rs. five lakh as ex gratia to each of the families of the 22 deceased. Goyal said that Rs 1 lakh will be given to those who are severely injured in the stampede.