Rs.22 Crore paid as Compensation to 11/7 victims: WR officials

Mumbai: Western Railway (WR) will pay homage to those who lost their lives on Saturday, the ninth anniversary of the serial blasts that ripped through the lifeline of Mumbai.

The railway authorities said Rs 22 crore has been disbursed so far as compensation to those affected by the blasts.

The blasts took place within minutes in fully-packed WR trains, killing 190 people and injuring over 700. The bombs were planted in first-class coaches.

“On this solemn occasion, wreaths will be placed at Matunga Road, Mahim, Bandra, Santacruz, Jogeshwari, Borivali and Bhayander railway stations by various senior railway officers in memory of the departed souls. Two-minute silence will also be observed at these stations,” said a WR release.

Railway authorities have already paid the ex-gratia and compensation to the next of kin of those who died in the blasts and those who were injured.

According to WR officials, they have disbursed over Rs 22 crore, including medical bills amounting around Rs 6.5 crore, so far. Besides this about 126 eligible next of kin of the victims were given jobs at n various posts, as per the railway policy.

Parag Sawant, who was injured in the blast at Bhayander, died at PD Hinduja Hospital in Mahim earlier this week. He was in a vegetative state for all these years.