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Commuters vote for a musical ride

Commuters on Central Railway have demanded an FM radio service and dustbins to fitted in the new age trains that are being inducted into Mumbai’s suburban system. Rajendra Aklekar reports.

india Updated: Mar 31, 2008 01:44 IST
Rajendra Aklekar

Commuters on Central Railway have demanded an FM radio service and dustbins to fitted in the new age trains that are being inducted into Mumbai’s suburban system.

The Central Railway has one new age train and another one is undergoing test runs. The new trains are being inducted at a cost of Rs 20 crore each as a part of the World Bank-funded Mumbai Urban Transport Project, a mega plan to upgrade the city’s transport infrastructure.

A survey of 7,000 commuters by Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation has revealed that passengers want more leg space between seats and platform indicators.

“A FM radio service and installing dustbins are the new suggestions and both will be examined,” said a senior railway official.

The Western Railway had proposed starting a radio service in trains in the late 90s, but it never took off. With the demand now resurfacing, the railways say they would try their feasibility.

Many of the older trains on Western Railway have a functional announcement system, but Central Railway has not able to activate in its trains though speakers and equipment have been installed.

This and many other changes will been incorporated in 174 new trains that are being manufactured after a passenger survey done by Western Railway.