Elphinstone stampede. Photo by BL SONI
Elphinstone stampede. Photo by BL SONI

Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Wednesday voiced its concern over the narrow bridges in the city and asked the civic and railway authorities to ensure sufficient space is given for the movement of the general public. The HC has accordingly asked the civic body and the railways, who are constructing a Road Over Bridge (ROB) near Sandhurst Road station, to undertake preventive steps to avoid stampede-like situations.

A division bench of Justice Naresh Patil and Justice Nitin Sambre said, “There have been an incident of stampede in the city recently. One of the major reasons that came to light later was the narrow width of the bridge. Now since you are constructing some new bridges, it is your responsibility to ensure all steps are taken to avoid such situations.” The judges were hearing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by activist Kamlakar Shenoy highlighting the sufferings of the public due to the alleged illegal demolition of the century-old Hancock bridge.

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