Railways Minister’s One Week Deadline For Officials
Mumbai: Sep 30, 2017
The deadly stampede at Mumbai’s Elphinstone Road railway station foot bridge that killed at least 22 people has prompted the government into action. The Railways Minister Piyush Goyal has ordered the officials to break the red tape and start working on shorter deadlines. He also asked the officials to identify the other locations prone to similar tragedies. It means that the safety audit should not only look at the structural stability of the bridges but it should also be assessed that the bridges have enough strength for the number of passengers it cater to.
Mr. Goyal stayed back in Mumbai and supposed to hold a meeting of top rail officials from Delhi today. Mr. Goyal also asked the officials to resolve all pending issues related to projects in one week and identify the problems with other government agencies that stalled the projects. He also said that there should not be any hurdle due to the differences between government departments and all matters should be resolved immediately.
The Minister also ordered to set up a multi-disciplinary team to visit and inspect all suburban stations to identify the areas of concern.
This move has come after the sharp criticism from the opposition after the stampede at the station foot bridge.
Congress president Sonia Gandhi called it a manmade disaster. The party also taunted that it was not enough to change the minister, a reference to previous Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu.
Sanjay Raut, an MP from Shiv Sena like other commuters also targeted the Central Government for bringing the bullet train project, the high speed train between Ahmedabad and Mumbai that is seen as a dream project of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Mr. Raut blamed the government to ignore the common people for not having spent enough money on rail projects for the poor though it could find the money for the bullet train.
(With Input From Agencies)