New Delhi, Sep 30, 2017: Warning authorities over bullet trains construction in Mumbai, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray on Saturday said that “the construction will not start before the present infrastructure of local railways is improved.”
Addressing a press conference, Thackeray said, “Until present infrastructure of local railways is made better, not a single brick will be allowed to be placed for bullet train in Mumbai.”
He further questioned the government’s statement blaming the rains for the stampede. “It is not the first time that it rained in Mumbai.They (Railway) say it happened due to rains?” Raj Thackeray said. “List of issues related to Mumbai Local will be given to Railway on 5 October with a deadline. If things don’t get better, we will see to it,” he further added.
Threatening the state government that he will take action into his hands. “We will give a deadline to throw out illegal hawkers from station bridges, if it is not complied with then we’ll act on our own.” He further added: “On 5th October I will lead a Morcha to Western railway HQ at Churchgate and ask them questions about their infrastructure.”
“On 5th October I will lead a Morcha to Western railway Headquarters at Churchgate and ask them questions about their infrastructure,” Thackeray says. He added: “Why do we need terrorists or enemies like Pakistan?it seems our own Railway is enough to kill people.”
At least 22 people were killed while over 30 others were injured in a stampede at a foot over bridge linking Elphinstone Road and Parel suburban railway stations in Mumbai at around 11 am on Friday.