Like demonetisation, bullet train will kill everything: Cong attacks Modi

The bridge where stampede happened at Elphinstone road in Mumbai

The bridge where stampede happened at Elphinstone road in Mumbai

An unnamed ministry official said that the then minister had taken a prompt action after receiving the letter from MP Arvind Ganpat Sawant in late-2015.

However, media reports such as Times Now said that the stampede began after a rumor of the fall of concrete pieces from the roof of the bridge, crowded because many people took shelter there by heavy rains. "They changed Oshiwara station's name to Ram Mandir and that's why nobody died there".

Railway accidents on Mumbai local are increasing day by day and the Elphinstone Road mishap is most gruesome one. He said that he will be submitting all the documents stating the real and current conditions of all the local railway stations in Mumbai.

"Until present infrastructure of local railways is made better, not a single brick will be allowed to be placed for Bullet train in Mumbai", Thackeray said. "It is an ego trip for the high & mighty", Chidambaram said in a series of tweets, taking a swipe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi who is seen as the driving force behind the project. He exclaimed that "what you call the famed spirit of Mumbai which overcomes such tragedies, is actually hopelessness in face of such calamities". If they don't pay heed, they will have to be thrown out. The railway has already been undertaking task of strengthening the overbridges in a serial wise manner.

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Whenever citizens file complaint with railways about poor infrastructure of stations the organisation has shun its responsibility by citing lack of funds for development.

The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) president claimed that Suresh Prabhu was replaced by Piyush Goyal as the railway minister only to push through the Bullet Train project.

Concluding the conference Raj Thackeray questioned only one thing "Does one need bullet train or improvement of basic rail infrastructure?"

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