Miffed by change of platform commuters stop Deccan Queen from leaving Pune Junction
The train which leaves daily at 7.15 am left at 8.15 am after officials pleaded with passengers who were standing in front of the engine.pune Updated: Jul 11, 2017 14:43 IST
Miffed by the change of platform for the Pune-Mumbai Deccan queen not departing from platform number one, regular commuters pulled the chain on Monday and demonstrated until the railway authorities listened to their pleas.
Since February, the 87 year old prestigious Deccan Queen has been departing for Mumbai from platform no 5, which was a make shift arrangement to accommodate the Nanded Panvel Express which has 24 bogies. According to the letter from the Divisional Regional Managar (DRM), the make shift arrangement for the Deccan Queen was only until June 2. Today, almost a month after, the monthly pass holder commuters took matter in their hand and pulled the chain just as the train left the station, bringing it to a halt within the premises of the Pune junction.
The train which leaves daily at 7.15 am regularly left at 8.15 am, after officials pleaded with the passengers who had all alighted and were standing in front of the engine.
“We are very frustrated and annoyed with the railway officials for not listening to our pleas. I a daily passenger on the 12124 UP Deccan Queen and have been travelling from past 26 years,” said Rajesh Thosar who along with others were standing in front of the engine. We have sent our requests to both the DRMs in Pune and Mumbai regarding the rescheduling departure of Deccan Queen from platform number 1 instead of platform number 5. It is of great inconvenience to the regular passengers travelling daily.
According to Seema Gadgil, who has been a regular passenger since 18 years, “The D2 is a women’s only pass holder coach where we have elderly citizens, pregnant women and physically handicapped women travelling daily to their work in Mumbai. Reaching the platform number 5 in the morning is a nightmare and one has to jostle to make it to the train in time,”
“ Some of us live farther in the outskirts, park our two wheelers, then trudge along the bridge to catch this train is not easy. Besides ever since this change, the train which used to be on time is often delayed in reaching Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST). Most of us work in the local government offices and in other government places where biometric attendance is compulsory, with the delays, it is costing us our jobs,” said Varsha Rele, another regular traveler. Speaking to Senior DRM, Krishnath Patil, who washed his hands off the matter said “ I am aware of today’s rail roko and will speak to the concerned department to look into the matter.” “Deccan Queen reached Mumbai CST at noon. The train was one and half late,” says Seema Gadgil.
According to Railway officials, there are plans of permanently allocating platform number 5 for Deccan Queen as well as for other Pune Mumbai bound trains as the short platform can not accommodate the long distance trains with more coaches.