Six Members of Parliament (MP) representing Mumbai are presenting a charter of demands to improvise the suburban railway system. The demands aim at benefiting more than seven million commuters.
The MPs — Priya Dutt, Sanjay Nirupam, Eknath Gaikwad, Gurudas Kamat, Sanjay Patil and Milind Deora will submit the charter to the Union Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee before this year’s Railway Budget.
Setting up of a welfare panel at major stations, better toilet facilities and additional first class compartments for women commuters are some of the proposals included in the charter.
Comprising a regular commuter and the stationmaster, the welfare panel will act as an intermediary between railway officials and commuters. “There is no interaction between commuters and railway officials posted at stations. This can addressed by the welfare panel,” said Kumar Ketkar, senior journalist and member of AGNI.
“The panel can be set up at major stations such as Ghatkopar, Andheri, Borivali and Dadar, which can then address problems of neighbouring stations,” said Congress MP Sanjay Nirupam.
Railway authorities are not pleased with this suggestion. BB Modgil, general manager, CR said: “Staff at railway stations is skeletal and the welfare panel will increase work burden. There are official passenger associations in place with whom we have regular discussions about problems.