So­nia seeks ‘real so­lu­tions’ from PM to check rail safety

Hindustan Times (Bathinda) - - NATION - HTC

NEWDELHI: Even as Congress pres­i­dent So­nia Gandhi slammed the gov­ern­ment for the “man-made dis­as­ter” that led to the Mum­bai stam­pede, se­ri­ous con­cerns are be­ing raised about the coun­try’s dis­tressed rail in­fra­struc­ture.

The stam­pede hap­pened on the 106-year-old bridge that was iden­ti­fied as “struc­turally weak”; with the Rail­ways hav­ing de­cided to di­rect the foot­fall to the other foot over­bridge by ex­tend­ing it to the eastern end of Parel as a tem­po­rary mea­sure. How­ever, work on strength­en­ing the bridge had been pro­gress­ing at a slow pace.

Gandhi said “such ac­ci­dents could have been avoided, had there been proper plan­ning and con­cern for safety”. She hoped a proper in­quiry would be con­ducted to af­fix ac­count­abil­ity.

Congress asked Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi to pro­vide “real so­lu­tions” to the prob­lem of rail safety, in­stead of chang­ing rail­way min­is­ters.

“The gov­ern­ment will do well to stay away from mis­placed pri­or­i­ties such as the bul­let train plan and fo­cus on strength­en­ing in­fra­struc­ture,” spokesper­son Sush­mita Dev said. The party also de­manded an in­de­pen­dent ju­di­cial in­quiry.

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