Elphinstone Road stampede in Mumbai: Is this the city of dreams or nightmares, ask celebs
While daily commuters blamed the railways, Bollywood actors Riteish Deshmukh and Vivek Oberoi, among others, blamed a lack of infrastructure in the city for Elphinstone Road stampede.Updated: Sep 29, 2017 16:46 IST
More than 20 people were killed and several others injured on Friday in a rush-hour stampede on a foot over-bridge linking Elphinstone Road and Parel suburban railway stations in Mumbai. While daily commuters blamed the railways, Bollywood actors Riteish Deshmukh and Vivek Oberoi, among others, blamed a lack of infrastructure in the city.
Western Railway officers have rushed to the site and have stated that the incident happened because of heavy rainfall. “During heavy rains, stampede-like situation on north foot over bridge at Elphinstone Road station at 10.30 am. Accident relief medical team has reached and medical assistance being provided to injured. Senior railway officers have reached Elphinstone Road station FOB to monitor relief work,” Mukul Jain, Division Railway Manager, Western Railway, said.
“Shocked to hear about the #ElphinstoneBridgeTragedy -my condolences to the families who have lost their loved ones & prayers for the injured... Weak infra + Overcrowded bridges/Places = Ticking Time Bombs.. Wake up!! This is not the price to pay to learn a lesson #Elphinstone,” wrote Riteish.
“Unbelievable painful heartbreaking tragedy at #Elphinstoneroad But how quickly we turn human tragedies into political blame games... Our politics today are measured in the cost of human lives #elphinstone,” wrote Shekhar Kapur. He also asked, “A city u cant breathe, u cant find a place to live, you risk ur life traveling to work. City of Dreams or City of Nightmares? #elphinstone... Nowhere do extremes between wealth n poverty show more than in Mumbai. Costliest real estate in world and human tragedies like #elphinstone”
Here a look at what the celebs had to say:
Weak infra + Overcrowded bridges/Places = Ticking Time Bombs.. Wake up!! This is not the price to pay to learn a lesson #Elphinstone— Riteish Deshmukh (@Riteishd) September 29, 2017
A city u cant breathe, u cant find a place to live, you risk ur life traveling to work. City of Dreams or City of Nightmares? #elphinstone— Shekhar Kapur (@shekharkapur) September 29, 2017
So tragic and saddening to hear about the #Elphinstone stampede, my prayers and deepest condolences to the families of all the victims🙏— Vivek Anand Oberoi (@vivek_oberoi) September 29, 2017
Governments are busy renaming stations, roads and landmarks - but they don't give a damn about the city itself. And we keep electing them.— Hansal Mehta (@mehtahansal) September 29, 2017
Roads are fucked up. Stations are messed up. Landmarks are in ruins. They have new names but the same old flaws. This city is dying.— Hansal Mehta (@mehtahansal) September 29, 2017
What are we going to do with all this technology If you can't keep us safe & secure. With better infrastructure to begin with.#Elphinstone— Sandhya Mridul (@sandymridul) September 29, 2017
Apparently, a loud sound at #Elphinstone caused people to panic.— Sorabh Pant (@hankypanty) September 29, 2017
And led to this terrible stampede.
Probably the sound of govt. apathy.
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First Published: Sep 29, 2017 15:31 IST