Majority of suburban stations on Central Railway (CR) will have at least one escalator, if the railway ministry sanctions the number of required escalators proposed in the 2017-18 railway budget that is expected in February 2017.
The CR has sent a requirement of 57 escalators for the city to the railway ministry. The plan is to install at least one escalator at each of the suburban stations, wherever it is feasible.
“The aim is to provide 2 escalators on each station on east and west side, but if not feasible due to lack of space, at least one at each station is proposed to be built. This will be a major passenger amenity to suburban commuters if sanctioned in the railway budget,” said a senior railway official, requesting anonymity.
The CR has proposed two escalators at Byculla, Sion, Kurla, Kalwa, Chunnabhatti, Tilak Nagar, Govandi, three escalators at Panvel and one escalator each at Neral, Parel, Currey Road, Chinchpokali and other suburban stations.
“Eventually we are trying to maximise passenger facilities on suburban stations. So far, we have received good response in case of escalators. They have worked hassle-free for the past two years, so now the aim is to increase their numbers,” said Narendra Patil, chief public relation officer (CPRO).
Welcoming the proposal, Gaurang Damani, member of divisional railway users consultative committee (DRUCC), CR, Mumbai division, said, “Escalators are an important passenger amenity, which ensure faster, organised and hassle-free dispersal from the station. It will also be very convenient for ageing and women commuters. However, the authorities should ensure time bound implementation of their plan to build at least one at each station.”