Alarmed by the rise in number of track crossing cases and encroachments, the Central Railway is building a 10-feet high damage-proof reinforced cement concrete (RCC) wall.
The wall along the length of the entire corridor between Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) and Thane will cost more than Rs 6 crore.
The railways have been building walls and trespassers always keep on breaking them on several occasions.
So to stop this vicious cycle, the railways have now decided to go in for RCC damage-proof walls along the entire CST-Thane corridor.
While the cost of building the wall between CST and Sion is Rs 1.82 crore, the cost of buiding it from Sion to Kanjur Marg is Rs 3.42 crore. About Rs 2 crore has been spent to build the reinforced cement concrete wall between Kanjurmarg and Thane stations.
The Central Railway had also launched a anti-trespassing campaign explaining commuters the dangers of crossing tracks. A senior official said that they hope to stop trespassing and encroachments once the wall is ready.
The Western Railway also started ‘Anmol Jeevan’, a massive drive to curb trespassing on the suburban section on January 28. They had deployed 80 RPF personnel and 25 commercial staff.
Measures such as regular public announcements, newspaper advertisements issued periodically and jingles played over the public address system and radio channels are being used to curb trespassing.
Iron bar fencing has been constructed between tracks at all suburban stations and walls have been erected along railway boundaries.