On Tuesday, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis introduced that the military will assist construct a brand new foot overbridge on the Elphinstone Highway station by 31 January. He was talking within the presence of Union ministers Nirmala Sitharaman and Piyush Goyal who have been additionally visiting the station, the place a lethal stampede came about final month.
He added that the Military may even assist in constructing foot overbridges at two different stations in Mumbai. Sitharaman stated it was in all probability the “first time that the Military will are available to construct in what may in any other case be known as civil work”.
The defence minister additionally stated, “That is in all probability the primary time we now have requested the Military to come back in to construct what may in any other case be known as a civil work, however Elphinstone tragedy was so massive.”
The involvement of the Military in bridge reconstuction work irked Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh who shot off a tweet saying that Military should prepare for conflict and never be used for civilian work.
The @adgpi job is to coach for conflict, not for use for civilian works @nsitharaman ji. Don’t divert defence assets to civilian jobs(1/2).
— Capt.Amarinder Singh (@capt_amarinder) October 31, 2017
Singh was hardly the one one who took concern with military’s involvement as Mumbai Congress chief Sanjay Nirupam questioned whether or not the military would subsequent be known as in to fill potholes.
The military was to be a measure of final resort to be known as upon in excessive emergency. Now it looks like it’s the first quantity on the velocity dial. https://t.co/9e9hJOgDTY
— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) October 31, 2017
Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah tweeted that it appeared like military is now the primary quantity on velocity dial for emergencies.
Calling Military to make a bridge in Mumbai underlines failure of Corrupt #ShivSenaBJP dominated #BMC.Hope military wl not b requested to fill potholes right here https://t.co/BKj5nwoCBH
— Sanjay Nirupam (@sanjaynirupam) October 31, 2017
23 folks have been killed, and dozens injured after a stampede ensued on a foot-over bridge in the course of the early morning rush at Elphinstone Highway station in September. The tragedy came about amid rain within the metropolis when the foot-over bridge was closely crowded. Police suspect a short-circuit with a loud sound close to the foot-over bridge led to panic and folks began operating, ensuing within the stampede.
After the stampede, railway officers posted police personnel to handle the group on busy platforms, evicted hawkers from suburban prepare stations and began rushing up infrastructure initiatives on suburban community.