As casualty figures on Mumbai’s suburban rail network continues to rise, commuters claim it’s because trains are getting increasingly crowded, and services aren’t increasing at the same rate as passenger numbers. The number of daily passengers on Central and Western Railways has risen from 70 lakh in 2010-11 to 78 lakh today.
Commuters have now taken to social media to air these grievances. Those traveling on Central Railway are mentioning delays in the Thane-Diva project, which is an issue of concern since there are three level crossing gates north of Thane that open up frequently. With a bottleneck created, the situation worsens for commuters.
“People are unable to even board trains during peak hours now. The situation needs immediate attention, as projects are running for years on end,” said Madhu Kotian, president, Mumbai Rail Pravasi Sangh. Read more