The Western Railway is building another platform at Borivli station along with a number of additional amenities to solve the problem there that led to violence a month ago. The railways also announced conversion of 36 nine-car trains into 12-car ones from Saturday.
Addressing his press conference, Western Railway’s new General Manager Ravindra Nath Verma said there were several projects lined up to be completed to improve the suburban section, but did not give any definite deadlines.
When asked why the railways had not introduced 200 suburban services as promised in the 2008 railway budget, Verma said, “The new age trains are facing technical problems and that has affected everything. But we are doing lots of other things that were not announced.”
Acknowledging that the Western Railway had in principle accepted the report on running 15-car trains on its suburban section as reported by HT in February 19, Verma said they would “soon” start running these trains on an experimental basis once they get the required permissions. On the Borivli problem, he said they were in talks with the state government and there were plans to build an east-west skywalk, widen the subway and give additional entry/exit point to platform 8.