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Heavy rain responsible for Elphinstone bridge tragedy: Report

12 Oct.  2017

An inquiry report on the 29th September Elphinstone bridge stampede in Mumbai submitted today stated that heavy rain was responsible for the tragedy. The panel, headed by the Western Railway chief security officer, submitted its report to WR General Manager Anil Kumar after recording statements of 30 commuters who were injured. As per the officials video footage has also been examined.
Report states that, the heavy rains forced people at the ticket counters to rush to the already jammed staircase for cover. The report also revealed that people with heavy luggage lost their balance because of which the stampede may have occurred.
The probe panel has recommended that passengers be prevented from carrying heavy luggage during peak hours. The movement of commuters, mainly vendors, carrying baskets stuffed with goods during peak hours should also be restricted. Other recommendations by the panel include relocating the elevated booking office to widen the staircase.
The panel added that an additional staircase can also be provided. It has suggested that officials use a quick mode of communication apart from mobile phones to ensure timely reaction. Wireless handsets can be provided to station and security staff.

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