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Lalu pained to see Mumbai commuters' plight

Lalu also took a stroll around sea front and the Gateway of India and posed for photographers, reports Rajendra Aklekar.

india Updated: Feb 08, 2007 03:20 IST

“I am pained to see the sufferings of railway commuters of Mumbai and promise to improve services at their possible best.” This is what Union Railway Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav said after taking a first-hand look of suburban services of Mumbai.

Lalu, who is in Mumbai to attend a corporate summit, had a hell of a time and also took a stroll around sea front and the Gateway of India and posed for photographers.

“I have taken a first-hand look of how my brothers and sisters in Mumbai travel by the railways and we will do everything possible to improve the services, station areas and the overall quality of travel in Mumbai suburban areas,” he said.

Speaking on the recent incident of mugging of a woman commuter and security of passengers in local trains, Lalu said he had drawn comprehensive plans to tackle the issue and was in the process of strengthening the combined security force of railways.

Speaking in his typical style, Lalu said, “Is there any lack of shaitans (devils) in the society, but we know how exactly to tackle the issue legally. We shall fight the problem and such people will be dealt with strictly. We will also strive to improve stations and areas around it so that passengers have an overall pleasant ambience.”

First Published: Feb 08, 2007 03:20 IST