Yesterday’s tragedy at Elphinstone road has broken our heart. This disaster was expected and many people had already cautioned the authorities about the same. The moment they realized the risk, they tweeted to railway officials to take care of the issue.
Had the officials taken those warnings seriously, we wouldn’t have seen such a horrifying day. All the concerned departments were tagged but still, the warnings were ignored. Shouldn’t they have addressed the problem that these citizens were facing?
22 people were killed and 30 of them were injured and it could have seriously been avoided, if there no negligence. Rather than being shocked, Mumbaikars were angry because their constant reminders to authorities were smoothly ignored.
Right from 2013, some people had started giving alerts, but unfortunately, all in vain. If you are thinking, we are randomly telling you things, then you are wrong.
We have collected tweets as a proof to show you that these people had actually sensed the danger few years back itself.
Here’s the one who had predicted the danger in 2013!
Parel station is a disaster in waiting. If the foot-over bridge is not widen soon enough there will surely be a stampede.
— Riddhi Doshi (@riddhi09) November 19, 2013
A large scale stampede is waiting to happen at the Parel station unless the stairs to the elphinstone side is widened. #mumbailocal
— Diwakar Pingle (@djpingle) October 30, 2014
Is the Central railways online? Parel station is a stampede waiting to happen and their employees are only interested in collecting fines?
— Gayatri Jayaraman (@Gayatri__J) February 4, 2014
“A large scale stampede is waiting to happen at the Parel station unless the stairs to the elphinstone side is widened.”
@sureshpprabhu Sir tweet#3 on this topic. Parel station (CR) south end bridge is a stampede waiting to happen in rush hours. Pls intervene
— Trushant G Thakur (@trush13) August 29, 2015
— rashmi (@TweetsOfRashmi) November 21, 2016
“@sureshpprabhu @RailMinIndia The Mumbai Parel bridge is going to fall down or there will be a stampede. Many have told this but no action.”
This guy gave not one not two but three warnings to the authorities;
On 1st feb 2017
@sureshpprabhu serious risk of stampede and loss of lives at parel station overbrige leading to exit towards elphinstone
— Bandish Satra (@BandishSatra) February 2, 2017
On 4th feb 2017
request your intervention in getting a new railway overbridge constructed at parel station leading towards elphinstone exit
— Bandish Satra (@BandishSatra) February 4, 2017
On 29th Aug 2017!
No action till date. Same situation since years. Can railway enlarge or not construct a new overbridge from Parel station to Elphinstone
— Bandish Satra (@BandishSatra) August 30, 2017
And at last the stampede happened..
At last stampede has happened today. Had highlighted the problem long back but no action. Really sad situation..
— Bandish Satra (@BandishSatra) September 29, 2017
Whom should we blame here for the careless. If proper measures were taken well in advance, many lives would have been saved.