Railways using drones to build elevated deck at Elphinstone Road station in Mumbai
Pedestrians and vehicles can directly enter Elphinstone Road station using the deckUpdated: Feb 05, 2018 10:43 IST
To build an elevated deck that will allow commuters and vehicles to directly enter Elphinstone Road station, the Western Railway is using drones to survey the area. Officials believe that the deck will help decongest the station.
The plan gathered steam after 23 people died during a stampede at Elphinstone Road station on September 29. It got another shot in the arm when railway minister Piyush Goyal visited Parel station last week and asked officials about the elevated deck.
The WR will submit the survey report to the Indian Railway Station Development Authority (IRSDA) within a month. WR general manager AK Gupta informed Goyal about the study during the latter’s visit to Parel station.
The elevated deck, which will extend up to Tulsi Pipe Road, will work as an approach road of sorts to Elphinstone Road station. “The survey is going on and the IRSDA is likely to take up the project. The complete report will be submitted within a month,” said a senior western railway official.
Hindustan Times had on January 30 reported that the railways was considering an elevated deck at Elphinstone Road, Parel, Bandra and Vile Parle stations.
Officials also plan to revamp Khar, Mumbai Central and Wadala stations, said an official, who did not want to be identified as the plans are yet to be finalised. Officials from the Railway Board, Central and Western railways are holding meetings to discuss the availability of railway land.