The controversial level crossing at the Vikhroli station would finally be shut down permanently from Sunday.
The Central Railway (CR) would close the crossing after carrying out some technical work at the station on Saturday night.
The CR built a foot-over bridge after many locals protested following increasing death cases at the stations.
In November last year, a mob of commuters, local residents and activists had staged a rail-roko protest bringing the CR services to a standstill after three people died in two days. The locals also tried to obstruct the visit of the commissioner for railway safety who was inspecting the fifth and sixth lines in April.
“We need to carry out engineering work related to the overhead equipment and signaling. The work will be carried out at night after which the crossing will be closed. After the increasing number of mishaps, it was very important to close the level crossing to ensure people’s safety,” said V Malegaonkar, CPRO, CR.
The FOB that has been built at the southern end of the Vikhroli station is open to public who are non-passengers.
However, there had been cases of trespassing even after the construction of the FOB. The closure of the level crossing would apparently help in the reduction of such cases.
CR officials visited the FOB on the day it was thrown open for the public, to see how many people used it. They also video graphed the situation. However, they found that most people continued to cross tracks.
Currently, there are three more level crossings in the CR jurisdiction including Kurla.