Indian Railways overturns 150 year-old convention following Mumbai stampede

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A stock photo of a railway station in Mumbai. Credit: Bodom/Shutterstock.
A stock photo of a railway station in Mumbai. Credit: Bodom/Shutterstock.

Indian railway minister Piyush Goyal has said the department will change a 150-year-old convention as it reviews safety following the Mumbai stampede.

On September 29, 22 were left dead and more than 30 injured when a stampede broke out on a footbridge at Elphinstone station, Mumbai.

Chairing a meeting the day after the incident, Goyal said that safety will be accorded the highest priority and that all footbridges will become mandatory for safety – rather than the previous ruling that the first would be essential and subsequent footbridges were considered amenities.


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In addition, decisions were made to: grant railway zone general managers unlimited delegated powers to deal with safety-related issues for 18 months; install escalators at Mumbai stations with high footfall; deploy 200 officers from headquarters into the field and 75 station directors; and install CCTV cameras in all suburban trains in Mumbai.

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