The central railway of Mumbai has decided to depute extra staff to avoid any untoward situations like stampede on busy railway foot over bridges, especially when the monsoons are ahead. According to news reports, the central railway has identified 13-foot overbridges at Dadar, Parel, Currey Road, Chinchpokli, Ghatkopar and Kurla which are congested and used more frequently by people.
Last year, while taking shelter during the rain, 23 people lost their lives on the steps of Elphinstone railway foot over bridge. Reportedly, a rumour broke-out that the bridge on which they were standing was crumbling due to the heavy load.
Confused and shocked amid the rumour mongering, people started running which led to the tragic incident stampede to occur. Therefore, to prevent such incidents in the future, the railway authorities have decided to put extra staff on such bridges, to guide people and to instruct them to vacate the place, instead of obstructing the bridge during rainfall.
Furthermore, to ensure the safety of commuters, the IMD has decided to set up weather monitoring system inside the railway stations, which will pass-on hourly updates on rainfall to commuters, along with the railway officials. Read More
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