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WR to bridge risky gaps on platforms

A feat that most Mumbaiites master early in life is how to navigate the gaping space between the platform and train at most stations.

mumbai Updated: Aug 21, 2010 02:19 IST
Shashank Rao

A feat that most Mumbaiites master early in life is how to navigate the gaping space between the platform and train at most stations.

Now, after several horror stories of a few who misjudged the distance and came under the wheels of the train, the Western Railway (WR) has promised that at least six offending stations will soon have higher platforms.

This will enable commuters to board and alight from trains safely, especially those getting in or out of running trains.

“In a hurry to get seats, commuters try to catch a train while it is in motion. This sometimes results in accidents if commuters fall into the gap between the platform and train,” a senior WR official explained, requesting anonymity.

“Increasing the height of the platforms will only reduce chances of such accidents.”

Stations that will get higher platforms are Dadar and Mira Road, platform 2 and 3 at Malad, platform 1 and 2 at Elphinstone Road and Matunga Road.

At Vasai Road, the platforms will be bother repaired and their height increased.

This work will be carried out at a cost of around Rs 2 crore. “We are in the process of increasing the height of 40 platforms as the new trains are higher,” said chief Public Relations Officer S. Gupta.

In July last year, the Western Railway first proposed increasing the height of platforms across 19 stations in the city and had sanctioned Rs 8.5 crore for it.

There are 139 platforms between Churchgate to Virar, of which 40 platforms do not have adequate height.