BEFORE THE railway audit committee finalises the installation of additional foot overbridges (FOBs) and improved passenger amenities on the suburban rail network, the Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation (MRVC) has identified up to 32 locations across Mumbai to construct additional FOBs and subways. At least 30 locations in the middle sections between two railway stations that witness high occurrences of trespassing are likely to get the additional amenities.
As many as 23 people lost their lives in the stampede on the staircase of the foot overbridge at Elphinstone Road station on the Western Railway on September 29. The railway ministry had called for formulation of eight multi-disciplinary units to conduct audit of 126 suburban railway stations in the city, which may get the additional passenger amenities.
According to senior officials of the MRVC, officials have narrowed down on 32 locations based on a study by the JJ School of Architecture on trespassing on railway tracks. The study conducted in 2013-14 had identified 131 locations, while the Government Railway Police had identified 174 locations where a high number of cases of trespassing was observed. Read More…
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