Mumbai railway stations need more skywalks, CCTVs and wider FOBs: Central Railway safety audit

This step was taken after the Elphinstone Road stampede killed 23 people and injured 59 others.

mumbai Updated: Oct 10, 2017 09:53 IST
Aroosa Ahmed
Aroosa Ahmed
Hindustan Times
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The report suggests widening of staircase at Elphinstone Road station.(HT FILE)

The Central Railway’s eight multi-disciplinary teams, formed to assess stations on the route, have a long list of recommended changes. The report they submitted on Monday has suggestions like removal of illegal encroachment, construction of skywalk and repair of railway platforms. This step was taken after the Elphinstone Road stampede killed 23 people and injured 59 others.

The report says illegal encorachment and construction were noticed near stations including Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT), Masjid, Parel, and Chinchpokli.

It suggested a skywalk be built at Dadar end of the station, the booking office on the Elphinstone Road be relocated and the stairs be widened.

The report also says that railway authorities give highest priority to the approach plan for Parel, which has been encroached upon by slums at both the entry and exit points.

The union railway minister Piyush Goyal in his marathon meeting on September 30 had announced that multi – disciplinary teams would study the stations of the suburban railways and submit an audit report to find out the issues and recommend suggestions to make the commute better.

The multi–disciplinary team found platforms at Masjid railway station slippery and the borders of the staircase uneven, which may cause commuters to trip.

When it comes to the CSMT, the report points out illegal construction and extension of a mosque. The extension of the mosque is done by 50-60 feet. Meanwhile, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has suggested that a general skywalk connecting east and west side and an escalator be constructed. After the commissioning the existing FOB can be widened.

The audit report also states that the Kurla station’s harbor platform have narrowed deck and they require modification. Shops located on the east side of the street should be relocated. It advises installation of high resolution CCTVs.

About Chinchpokli station, the team’s observations are encroachment under FOB, blind turn at FOB and at Currey Road, it recommends that the ongoing FOB works be finished quickly and the width of the staircase be increased.

The reports will be presented to the general managers and will then be sent to the railway board.

First Published: Oct 10, 2017 09:53 IST