The Central Railway (CR) has decided to renovate platforms on railway stations after having received over 405 complaints via SMSes since April 2009. Over a hundred of these were about the condition of the platforms.
Therefore, the CR has finally decided to address these complaints by making platforms more commuter friendly as well as aesthetically sound, both on the central and the harbour lines.
“We want to make platforms easy to maintain as well as commuter friendly,” said CR's Chief PRO S. Mudgerikar.
The new platforms will be a combination of red paver blocks and black Kota tiles. These will replace the grey tiles and tarred platforms.
“The paver tiles give a good grip for commuters when alighting so it is necessary to have these. The Kota tiles can be easily cleaned which would enable better maintenance of platforms,” said a senior CR official on condition of anonymity.
These new platforms will be commuter friendly as the tiles used are made of anti-skid materials and they look clean as well.
“Usually senior citizens and women face problems while getting down from trains especially during peak hours as the surface is slippery,” added the CR official.
The paver blocks, which will be placed closer to the platform, and the Kota tiles will have a long yellow line separating them. Platforms will be levelled as the base of these tiles will be placed on cement concrete making it sturdier and the distance between the track and platform will be 760 mm, considered to be ideal for passengers. The cost of installing and renovating each platform, which will be 6-m wide and 270-m long, is around Rs 15 lakh.
The platforms that connect the exits at the end of the stations will be renovated as well. Cement walls will be replaced with brown granite to make it look brighter. Platform 6 at Dadar station has already been renovated.
Some of the stations where work has begun are Parel, Kurla, Mulund, Ghatkopar, Dadar, Tilak Nagar, Chembur, Kingcircle, Ulhasnagar, Bhandup, Karjat and Ambarnath.
The asbestos roofs above the platforms are also being replaced after receiving 92 SMS complaints about them. “We will now have coloured plastic roofs at stations. These roofs will not be noisy like the tin roofs and they also don’t tear easily,” said the senior CR official.