Western Railway takes safety measures a day after tragedy

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City police officer Rajaram Patel says another 20 people were injured when panicked pedestrians pushed forward to the end of an overcrowded bridge, with some people falling underfoot and being trampled.

A high-level meeting on Railways Safety was held in Mumbai today, under the chairmanship of Minister of Railways, Piyush Goyal to comprehensively review safety measures in Mumbai Suburban Railways as well as entire Indian Railways.

The bridge is usually crowded at that time of day, as it also provides an exit route for passengers disembarking at an adjoining railway station, he added. The body would be handed over to his relatives after completion of the routine procedures, he said.

This overturns a 150-year old edict in which the first FOB was counted as "essential" and the subsequent one/s as "passenger amenity".

But truly large changes can only come from the authorities, and they've simply ignored the need to revamp the rail network's infrastructure, Mr Zaveri said.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had expressed sadness over the Mumbai stampede, assuring that a strict action will be taken against the culprits.

To eliminate bureaucracy and delays, I have empowered GMs to spend whatever is necessary on safety.

The rise in the death toll comes as a meeting with senior rail officials was underway at the Western Railways headquarters in Churchgate.

The bullet train project, linking Mumbai and Ahmedabad, is not for ordinary people but an "ego trip for the high and mighty", he alleged. "When the Rajdhani was introduced, people had protested.Do citizens not have the right to have good technology?" "Bullet train will be like demonetisation. However railways have not upgraded the infrastructure of several stations like these as per the increasing footfalls thus putting the life of commuters at risk", he alleged stating that they will pressurise Railways to take this issue seriously.

"I have sanctioned 15 auto platforms for extension in the Western Railways, which will be beneficial for speeding up the process in the slow corridor", he said. "If things don't get better, we will see to it", he further added.

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