Railway stations on Mumbai’s Central Railway (CR) network are set to get 18 lifts and eight escalators, in a year’s time. The proposal for installation of lifts and escalators has finally received a go-ahead from the railway board, and tendering process for the same has also started.
The tender for lifts will be opened on May 22, while the tender for escalators is expected to be finalised by July. After that, paper work and planning will be done in the monsoon.
As soon as the rains are over, ground work will start, said a senior railway official, requesting anonymity.
The installation of escalators will bring huge relief to pregnant and elderly commuters. The installation of escalators and lifts is expected to be
completed by June next year.
The Dadar station will get the highest number of lifts, at six. Thane will get three, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST), Ghatkopar, Dombivli and Lonavla will each get two lifts, while Lokmanya Tilak Terminus (LTT) will get one lift.
Dadar, Ghatkopar, Thane and Lonavla stations will each get two escalators.
The last escalator installed in the city was at Vikhroli, in April last year.
The Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation (MRVC) also has plans to install 17 escalators and the same number of lifts at various CR suburban stations, including harbour line stations.
At present, the CR has nine escalators – two each at Thane, Dombivli, Dadar, Kalyan and one at Vikhroli.
“We couldn’t install any escalators this year because of lack of funds. All the funds were diverted raising of platform, delaying the installation of escalators. However, we are pushing it on priority,” said senior railway official.
Welcoming the move, Lata Argade, a commuter activist, said, “We are glad more escalators are being installed at suburban stations, but the railways should pursue it strongly and ensure the work is completed in a time-bound manner.”