Following the rush hour stampede at a Mumbai station that caused 22 deaths, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal has summoned a meeting of the entire Railway board today to assess the infrastructural works currently under progress for the suburban train network. The meeting is to be held at the Western Railway’s headquarters at Churchgate.
As per a senior official, “There were many meetings that took place one after the other on Friday. The minister has kept a full board meeting on Saturday at Churchgate that will be attended by the Chairman of Railway Board and all the principal department heads”. He said, “The minister has taken Friday’s incident very seriously and this is why he has convened a full board meeting today once again”. Parel terminus project, he added, is likely to be executed on a fast-track mode and several measures will be taken to prevent recurrence of such incidents.
The official said, “Additional FoBs will be planned at other stations where foot-falling is high and movement of commuters is not smooth”. “The railway minister has asked the officials to chalk out a clear plan to revive the entry and exit points of all the suburban stations,” he added.
Ealrlier yesterday, a stampede on a narrow foot-over-bridge (FoB) connecting the Elphinstone Road on the Western Railway to Parel, took the lives of at least 22 people died and lead to 30 injuries.