Updated: July 13, 2015 2:30:02 am
Realising that these are among the main causes of repeated delays on its suburban section, Central Railway’s senior officials last week started special peak-hour monitoring at three level-crossing gates — in Diva, Kalwa and Thakurli. The officials have submitted a report to Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) Amitabh Ojha about the functioning at the Thakurli level crossing gate.
The inspection found that while these level crossing gates were supposed to be kept open for about five minutes, it sometimes took more than 12 to 15 minutes for the road traffic to pass through the one at Thakurli, one of the busiest level-crossing junctions.
“A team of senior and mid-level officials monitored the heavily congested level-crossing gate in Thakurli last week. It was done during the peak hours between 5 pm and 8 pm. The senior officials included assistant divisional railway manager and senior divisional operations manager, accompanied by Railway Protection Force (RPF) personnel,” said a senior officer.
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The officials found that the road traffic in Diva, Kalwa and Thakurli was a major cause for delays on CR, affecting not only local trains, but also long distance and goods trains. “On an average, 50 trains are delayed daily due to these three level crossing gates,” said Ojha.
“The Kalwa level crossing creates the least problems of the three, but Diva and Thakurli are major causes of delay. At these level crossings, tempos also pass, sometimes breaking the gates and causing potholes. As a result, two-wheelers, auto-rickshaws and four-wheelers take more time to cross,” added Ojha.
Though a rail over bridge (ROB) at Thakurli has been proposed to the Kalyan-Dombivli Municipal Corporation (KDMC), there hasn’t been much progress on this.
“Thakurli (East) is a thickly populated area and to reach Dombivali from the level crossing gate, it takes only 5-7 minutes. As there is no ROB, people have only this level crossing gate to reach Dombivali quickly. I stay in Maharashtra Nagar, it takes 5-7 minutes to reach from this gate or I have to take a longer route, which takes almost 20-25 minutes,” said Mahesh Nair, a resident of Dombivli.
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