Mumbai stampede: Railways allotted just Rs 1,000 to revamp Elphinstone bridge

Last Updated: Sat, Sep 30, 2017 13:49 hrs
Elphinstone stampede

Mumbai: Hours after the deaths of 22 people in a stampede at the Elphinstone Road station, it became clear that the Railways ignored a CAG report, warnings tweeted by concerned Mumbaikars, and alarm calls raised by Rajya Sabha MP Sachin Tendulkar and Shiv Sena MP Arvind Sawant.

In what further indicts Western Railways' negligence over the tragedy, documents accessed by CNN-News18 show officials allotted only Rs 1,000 to renovate the bridge out of nearly Rs 12 crore that had been sanctioned by then railway minister Suresh Prabhu.

Point number 673 in the pink book pertains to the footover bridge at Elphinstone Road station which was to be formally named Prabhadevi railway station on Friday, the day tragedy struck.

The amount allotted to the bridge in 2016-2017 is mentioned as Rs 1,000, while the total sanctioned cost was Rs 12 crore. The allotment for the current fiscal was raised to Rs 35 lakh.

A source in the Railway Minister said the amount is "representational". "Once work on a project begins, money is allocated. This amount is just representational as the detailed estimates had not been approved so far. Tender is due to be issued on November 9."

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