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Elphinstone Stampede: Death toll reaches 22; ex-gratia of Rs 10 lakh announced for families of deceased

Due To Fears Of A Possible Short Circuit, A Stampede Took Place On Elphinstone Bridge Near The Station. As Per Last Reports Coming In The Matter, 22 People Had Died And More Than 30 Were Injured.

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Gautam Lalotra | Updated on: 29 Sep 2017, 11:50:54 PM

New Delhi:

Heavy rains once again wrecked Mumbai on Friday morning and within a few hours, most areas in the city were under the grab of heavy traffic and water-logging.

Due to fears of a possible short circuit, a stampede took place on a foot overbridge near the Elphinstone station. As per last reports in, 22 people had died and more than 30 were injured. The casualties had been brought to KEM Hospital where they are undergoing treatment.

The medical teams have been rushed to spot, and rescue operations are underway. Accident Relief Medical Equipment Train reached & medical assistance being provided.

Sr. Rly Officers have rushed to the site. Necessary relief being provided to affected people.

Heavy rains on August 29 and September 19 had brought the city to a complete halt.

Here are the Live Updates - 

9:11 PM: Employees of Mumbai Railways have accepted my request to not celebrate Dusshera in the wake of the Mumbai stampede incident: Railway Minister

9:00 PM: In next 7 days all suburban stations will be inspected to identify vulnerable issues; will speed up work on FOBs : Railway Min Piyush Goyal

7:02 PM: Platforms at Elphinstone Road Station also planned to be extended with construction of this FOB. Tender already floated: W Railways

7:00 PM: New 12 meter long FOB at north end parallel to this bridge alrdy sanctioned connecting WR & CR along with East-west connectivity: Western Railways

6:50 PM: FOB is 5 meters wide and 32 mtrs long having dual exits, ie, North and South at the place of incident: Western Railways

6:50 PM: There was no structural damage to the FOB (foot over bridge) which can be attributed to the stampede: Western Railways

6:49 PM: Prima facie rumours like falling of FOB led people to panic,leading to tremendous push from behind twrds exit leading to stampede: Western Railways

6:46 PM: This led to overcrowding at the exit: Western Railways in a press note 

6:46 PM: As people weren't prepared for rains, sudden rain made people from approach road to take shelter at FOB & at staircase: Western Railways

6:45 PM: Rains were unprecedented and people were caught unawares: Western Railways in a press note Mumbai Stampede

6:24 PM: Accidental Death Report (ADR) under sec 174 of CRPC registered at Dadar Police Stn. 22 people lost their lives, 39 injured

5:51 PM: 1 additional foot overbridge already sanctioned for Mumbai's Elphinstone station,tender floated; Rs 9.5 Cr sanctioned by Railway Ministry: Railway Official

5:25 PM: Deeply pained to know about the tragic stampede at Elphinstone station. My thoughts with the families of the victims, says Rahul Gandhi

5:09 PM: Health Min JP Nadda spoke to Railway Min Piyush Goyal, asked about health of injured people and offered necessary assistance

4:08 PM: The government has earned bad name because of such incidents, people are very annoyed, says Former Maharashtra CM Ashok Chavan 

3:30 PM: Will bear costs for the injured people; grievously injured to get Rs 1 lakh, minor injured to get Rs 50,000 ex gratia: Piyush Goyal

3:23 PM: Ex gratia of Rs 5 lakh to be given by the state Govt & Rs 5 lakh by the Railways to the families of the deceased people: Railway Min

3:20 PM: Wherever there is a need for foot over bridges to be widened, we will do it immediately on high priority: Piyush Goyal, Railway Min

3:10 PM: Have also issued directions for safety & capacity audit of foot over bridges in Mumbai where there is congestion: Piyush Goyal, Railway Min

2:45 PM: None should do politics on such an unfortunate incident, there are ppl who always seek opportunity.We're above politics on the issue: Manoj Sinha

2:30 PM I don't think any question has been raised on structural strength of bridge; the incident happened due to stampede: MoS Railways Manoj Sinha 

2:05 PM: Railway Minister Piyush Goyal & Maharashtra Minister Vinod Tawde reach KEM Hospital

1:32 PM: Enquiry will be conducted by Maha Govt & Railways Ministry and necessary, strict action will be taken: CM Devendra Fadnavis

1:25 PM: Have ordered a high-level enquiry headed by the Chief Safety Officer, Western Railways: Piyush Goyal, Railway Minister

1:20 PM: Just landed in Mumbai. Deeply grieved at tragic loss of innocent lives due to unfortunate stampede: Piyush Goyal, Railway Minister

1:15 PM: Compensation of 5 Lakhs each will be given to kin of those dead.State Govt will bear medical expenses of injured: Vinod Tawde, MH minister

1:10 PM: My deepest condolences to all those who have lost their lives due to the stampede in Mumbai. Prayers with those who are injured: PM Modi

1:00 PM: NDRF team reaches the site of Mumbai Stampede; 22 people have lost their lives so far. 27 injured 

12:00 am: Railway Minister Piyush Goyal will be visiting Mumbai today and is likely to visit the spot soon

11.45 am: Senior Railway officers have reached Elphinstone station to monitor relief work.

11.40 am: Western Railway PRO says 30 people have been injured in the Elphinstone railway station stampede.

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.

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First Published : 29 Sep 2017, 11:55:10 AM

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