Railway minister: Have empowered GMs to spend whatever is necessary on safety

Railway minister Piyush Goyal also announced a raft of other measures. Photograph:( ANI )

ANI New Delhi, Delhi, India Sep 30, 2017, 11.08 AM (IST)

A day after the Mumbai stampede that has led to the deaths of 23 people, railway minister Piyush Goyal announced that he had empowered general managers (GMs) of the various railway zones "to spend whatever is necessary on safety". 

"To eliminate bureaucracy and delays, I have empowered GMs to spend whatever is necessary on safety," he tweeted.

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Goyal also announced a raft of other measures. 

He said additional escalators had been sanctioned for crowded Mumbai suburban stations and thereafter for all high-traffic stations.

And that within the next 15 months, CCTV cameras with a monitoring mechanism would be installed in all Mumbai suburban trains. 

Goyal also announced that 200 officers would be relocated from railway headquarters and put to work as field staff to "strengthen ground operations and project implementation".

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ANI reported that for the next 18 months, the general managers have been delegated powers without limit for safety-related issues. 

It added that they (the GMS) shall intimate the financial commissioner (FC) within a week of sanction any monies, and that the FC shall confirm the same within 15 days. 

In case of disagreements, the matter shall be put to the Railway Board for a final decision within the same 15 days.

The decisions were taken at a meeting on railway safety today in Mumbai. 

Goyal had yesterday asked railway employees to not celebrate Dussehra on account of the lives lost in the Mumbai stampede. 

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