After Elphinstone tragedy, MNS vows to stall bullet train project in Mumbai

People in Mumbai trying to escape the chaos

Another Sena MP, Rahul Shewale, said he wrote to then Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu in April 2015 demanding that the foot overbridge - the scene of the stampede - should be widened but it was rejected on grounds of paucity of funds and operational constraints.

Bursting out at the central leadership, the MNS chief said, "While people are struggling to survive in the cities, Modi is asking them to do yoga and campaign for Swachh Bharat". Also, why do we need terrorists or enemies like Pakistan?

During the meeting, it was discussed that the general managers of different railway zones will get additional powers for next 18 months without limit for safety-related issues.

Police at least 21 people have been killed in a stampede at a railway station in the west-coast Indian city of Mumbai.

Will protest at Railway Headquarters on October 5 Raj Thackeray said that they will curate all the information of all railway stations and on October 5, they will carry out the protest at railway headquarters.

The bullet train project, linking Mumbai and Ahmedabad, is not for ordinary people but an "ego trip for the high and mighty", he alleged.

Thackeray also lashed out at BJP govt for Friday stampede, which had broken out on a crowded pedestrian bridge connecting two stations in Mumbai.

Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, who visited the hospital, said, "Whatever happened is very bad.I will look into it".

The tragedy took place around 10.40 am.

Leader of Opposition in the Legislative Council Dhananjay Munde (NCP) said the government, instead of bringing in bullet trains at this stage, should focus on developing stations and improving passenger safety.

Union Minister of Railways Pitush Goyal convened a meeting of full Railway board on Saturday to take stock of the on-going infrastructure works on the suburban train network. He had been on a ventilator since yesterday and was in a critical condition. Among those present included the railway minister, chairman of the Railway Board, Ashwani Lohani, and all railway board members were also present along with security officials from the state government.

With the 108 ambulance outside the Elphinstone Road station proving useless, it was the BMC's disaster management cell that saved the day.

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