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Elphinstone stampede: Railways probe blames heavy rain, panic

12 October 2017

The 40-foot-wide overbridge was announced in the 2016 Railway Budget and was part of the Rs 45 crore fund earmarked towards escalators, foot overbridges and automatic ticket vending machines for the Mumbai suburban section.

The CCTV footage from 9 am to 11 am was also examined and the panel probed each movement very minutely, he said.

The report has recommended that during peak hours passengers should not be allowed to carry heavy luggage at the local train stations. The report not only blamed the heavy rains, but also stated crowd on the foot-over bridge too was responsible for the incident.

Addressing tyhe reporters Western Railways CPRO Ravinder Bhaskar said that "it has come in the inquiry that incident happened due to rumors of bridge collapse". It said the constant flow of passengers arriving at the station compounded the problem.

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A five-member committee constituted to inquire into incident in its report found that heavy rains and large number of people on the railway bridge was the main cause of September 29 stampede.

With respect to Elphinstone railway station, the enquiry committee has recommended that the elevated booking office should be relocated to widen the staircase.

Earlier, Dadar Police had also reached the same conclusion in its investigations and had given a clean chit to the railway staff, booking clerk, RPF and GRP personnel on duty at the stations at the time.

The panel has recommended measures, including preventing people from carrying heavy luggage during the peak hours.

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It is brought out that the issue of Notice Inviting Tender (NIT) for Elphinstone Road FOB took about 18 months.

The committee has to submit its reports within three months.

23 persons died in Elphinstone Road-Parel bridge stampede.

This committee will be headed by former Chief Vigilance Commissioner Pratyush Sinha and comprise Vinayak Chatterjee, Chairman of CII Economic Affairs Council, and Subodh Jain, who is ex-Member (Engineering) of the Railway Board as Members, besides Railway Board Director (Safety) Pankaj Kumar as Member-Secretary.

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Elphinstone stampede: Railways probe blames heavy rain, panic