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Mumbai suburban train derails near CSMT, days after tragic Elphinstone Road stampede

Two days after the stampede at Elphinstone Road Station led to the death of 23 people, a Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus-Karjat local train derailed between CST and Masjid station in Mumbai on Sunday. However, no casualties were reported in the accident.

According to, the reason for the train going off the track is yet to be ascertained.

The derailment on Sunday is just the latest in a series of derailments in recent years in and near Mumbai.

In August, six coaches of a suburban train had derailed near Mahim Station on the Harbour Line.

The CST-Karjat local that derailed on Sunday. Firstpost/ Sanjay Sawant

The CST-Karjat local that derailed on Sunday. Firstpost/ Sanjay Sawant

On 7 September, six wagons of a goods train derailed near Khandala in Western Maharashtra. While no one was injured in the incident, it had led to the 10 trains being cancelled and three trains being diverted.

There have been reports that Railways will start the track renovation process soon to avoid the train derailments.

On 29 September, 23 people were killed, and dozens were injured after a stampede ensued on a foot-over bridge at 10.40 am during the early morning rush at Elphinstone Road station. Police suspect a short-circuit with a loud sound near the foot-over bridge led to panic and people started running, resulting in the stampede.

Many railway commuters and politicians, slammed the proposal to introduce a bullet train and demanded that funds meant for it should be diverted to improve commuter safety on the existing network.

A day after a stampede on a foot-over bridge at the Elphinstone Road suburban railway station in Mumbai led to the loss of 23 lives, railway minister Piyush Goyal said that foot-over bridges, earlier considered only a "passenger amenity", would now be a "mandatory" aspect of all the railway stations in the country.

Published Date: Oct 01, 2017 17:20 PM | Updated Date: Oct 01, 2017 17:22 PM

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