Army Steps In To Help Rebuild Mumbai's Elphinstone Bridge, Twitterati Lash Out

| October 31 , 2017 , 17:10 IST

More than a month after the deadly stampede on the footover bridge near Mumbai's Elphinstone Road station which resulted in the death of 23 people on September 29, the Indian Army has stepped in to help construct the bridge on a 'war-footing'.

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, accompanied by Railways Minister Piyush Goyal and Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis visited the site of the incident where she announced that the Army would help the Railways construct the bridge.

Apart from Elphinstone, the Army will also be helping in the construction of bridges at Currey Road and Ambivali which are expected to be completed by January 31, 2018.

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"The Army has come and seen, inspected and assessed where the bridge is going to be built. They will be there at every stage of the work from planning to execution," the Defence Minister said.  

"The call on seeking the Army's cooperation was taken in the wake of the urgency of the matter as the Army had its role at the borders. It is probably the first time the Army has been asked to come in to build what could otherwise be called civil work, but the Elphinstone tragedy was so big," she added.

In a series of tweets, Goyal said "After unfortunate incident at Elphinstone Rd Station, a report was made for safety of commuters. Now action is being taken. Armed Forces to help in constructing 3 FOBs at Elphinstone Rd, Currey Rd & Ambivali Stations. Work to be done by 31 Jan’18."

Expressing thanks, Goyal tweeted "MumbaiThanksArmy for coming to the aid of the Nation. Grateful to RM @nsitharaman for immediately responding to our call for help."

However, the involvement of the Indian Army in the construction of civil facilities was not taken kindly by Twitterati. Apart from Opposition leaders and politicians, general public also expressed their views that the Army should not be involved in such tasks.

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