New Delhi: A month after 23 were killed in a stampede in Mumbai at a bridge near Elphinstone Road Station, union ministers Nirmala Sitharaman and Piyush Goyal made a surprise visit to the spot along with Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who announced that the Army will rebuild the bridge by January 31.
"Probably for the first time, the Army was asked to come in to build what could otherwise be called civil work, but the Elphinstone tragedy was so big," Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said.
She added that the Army "has its role at the borders" and was roped in because of the urgency.
The deadly stampede on September 29 has been blamed on rain and rumours by a safety committee of the Railways ministry, which does not refer to any official negligence.
The stampede broke out during rush hour when thousands took a narrow railway bridge connecting two of the busiest stations in Mumbai - the Elphinstone Road and Parel stations. Four trains rolled in at the same time and a large crowd poured into the bridge that was already bursting with people taking shelter from the sudden downpour. A few commuters slipped, and people fell on them.