Suresh Prabhu launches projects to facilitate Mumbai’s local train commuters

A new ticket booking office has been opened at the north end of platform number one at Kandivali station.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published: May 16, 2017 7:53 pm
Suresh Prabhu, Railways, Indian railways, Mumbai local trains, Mumbai rail commuters, Railway minister Suresh Prabhi, India news, indian express news Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu. (Source: PTI photo/File)

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Tuesday inaugurated several projects, including foot overbridges and escalators, to make travel more pleasurable for the over 75 lakh daily commuters on Mumbai’s local trains. “Our focus is on improving passenger experience. Through these measures, we have fulfilled the long-standing demand of the commuters,” he said after inaugurating the projects through video-conferencing at the Rail Bhavan here.

At Borivali, a key railway station for Mumbai’s commuters, a 300-metre-long and 10.5-metre-wide elevated deck has been built on platform number one, which connects all the five foot overbridges as well as the skywalk.

The south end of the deck has a ticket booking office. An elevator has also been installed on platform number one, which connects to the deck, keeping in mind the problems faced by senior citizens and differently-abled persons.

New foot overbridges have been built at Dadar, Matunga Road and Bhayandar stations. Escalators have also been installed at Dadar, Bhayandar, Vasai Road and Nalasopara stations.

The six-metre-wide and 200-metre-long foot overbridge near Tilak Road Bridge at the north end of Dadar station connects Tilak Bridge, platform numbers 1, 2 and 3 of the Indian Railways and platform numbers 3 to 8 of the Central Railway.

A new ticket booking office has been opened at the north end of platform number one at Kandivali station. At Vasai Road station, a ticket booking counter has been opened on the elevated deck.

The Railway Ministry has also decided to build new toilet blocks at Goregaon and Kandivali stations.

To facilitate interchange as well as connectivity for metro and suburban railway passengers, an 80-metre-long and 6.6-metre-wide skywalk has come up at Andheri station.

The Mumbai Suburban Railway is spread over 465 kilometres and operates 2,342 trains on a daily basis.

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    shibu thomas
    May 17, 2017 at 11:39 pm
    It's good initiative appreciate the same but I really don't know what is stopping our railway minister from increasing the number of 15 car rakes in central railway since last 5 years only one 15 car rake is being run why can't the number of 15 car trains increased. It doesn't need much changes in infrastructure . Over the years the population has increased in central railway line to such an extent the the travel in 12 car rakes are too difficult. Can the minister confirm the challenges in starting more 15 car rakes and also when does he intend to start this requirement.
    1. kamal singh rawat
      May 18, 2017 at 10:57 am
      Central Railway is not priority. The Labour cl stays here. They should experiment with double decker trains.