While poor infrastructure is the story of almost every Central Railway (CR) station in the city, narrow foot overbridges are posing major problems to commuters at Wadala, Parel, Currey Road and Kanjurmarg stations.
The four stations are used by most officegoers to change over to the Western Railway suburban stations. There is a stampede-like situation on these bridges every evening, along with instances of molestation of women commuters. “The situation at Parel station is getting worse by the day. As there is no authority to man the bridge in the evening, there is utter chaos. Commuters often try to push their way out of the rush. At times, I feel breathless,” said Sumitra Pillay, Parel resident.
Even as there are two bridges at Parel, commuters often use only the one at CST-end, as it is closer to most commercial complexes in the area.
“We have been consistently demanding upgradation of infrastructure at all four stations, but there has been no response from the administration,” said Lata Argade, railway activist.
Narendra Patil, chief public relation officer, said, “The additional FOBs provided at some stations are not being used by commuters. We are trying to build more overbridges, but will be able to execute the project depending on availability of funds.”
MP Arvind Sawant said, “I have been consistently following with the railway board, but they are yet to respond. After Diwali, I will hold a meeting with the authorities concerned. If the work is not expedited, we will decide our course of action.”