Aditya wants separate coaches for senior citizens
Almost two months after his political debut, Aditya Thackeray, chief of the Yuva Sena — the youth wing of the Shiv Sena — has asked for few railway coaches to be reserved for students and senior citizens at all times.mumbai Updated: Dec 03, 2010 02:01 IST
Almost two months after his political debut, Aditya Thackeray, chief of the Yuva Sena — the youth wing of the Shiv Sena — has asked for few railway coaches to be reserved for students and senior citizens at all times.
Aditya, 20, grandson of Sena supremo, Bal Thackeray put forth this request, through a letter signed by 70,000 Mumbaiites, to Union railways minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday at Parliament house in New Delhi. Sena Members of Parliament, including Sanjay Raut, Chandrakant Khaire, Subhash Wankhede and Bhawna Gawli accompanied him.
Aditya told Banerjee that there was a need for better facilities for for students and senior citizens travelling by trains in the country across metros. He also said there were several student deaths that have taken place while travelling on trains, and it is difficult for them to travel with books and heavy bags in overcrowded compartments.
“There should be compartments reserved for students, both from colleges, schools and senior citizens. Students should be allowed to avail of the facilities six days a week, 12 hours a day. Senior citizens should be allowed to use it 365 days a year,” he said.
Banerjee promised Aditya that she would look in to his demand but she explained that there was a huge shortage of coaches and meeting this request would take a few years. She also said it would be difficult for authorities to make sure these compartments were used only by students.
Aditya said she should consider the plan on an experimental basis to begin with. If Aditya gets this request across, it will mean brownie points for the Shiv Sena for the 2012 Mumbai civic elections.