THE CENTRAL RAILWAY (CR) plans to monitor regular hawkers at railway stations so that they could be kept out of the station premises. It has sought the help from the civic body to ensure that a mechanism is developed for their eviction.
The state government has directed the railways to keep hawkers at least 150 metres away from the station premises. In a meeting chaired by the guardian minister of Mumbai suburbs Vinod Tawde, with officials from different municipal corporations, including Thane and Navi Mumbai, it was proposed to prepare a database of hawkers to eliminate their presence from the stations. Officials from the Railway Protection Force (RPF) and train ticket examiners (TTE), who will manage crowd control, aim to eliminate the repeated surfacing of hawkers through this.
“We had met the officials of the corporation and other political leaders in a meeting on Monday. We talked about issues that could decongest the railways and make its functioning smoother. One of the issues identified has been of hawkers and profiling them could aid as a first step in vacating them from the station area,” said S K Jain, Divisional Railway Manager, Central Railway.
The railways also aims to seek help from the city police or other security forces in the state to help manage crowds at the railway stations in the city. Officials from the railways said that help from additional security agencies could be sought to share certain responsibilities at the railway premises.
“Another issue identified was that of garbage dumping on the tracks. Four muck special trains ply every night to clean the muck off tracks on the railways. We are planning to rope in the help of the corporation which can help us clean the garbage off the tracks and also install garbage bins at specific points so that cleanliness is ensured,” Jain added.
Jain added that the CR will also receive Rs 55 crore fund from the BMC to improve drainage facilities at additional locations on tracks “These are the new locations where frequent chances of water-logging has been observed. In the first phase, we will work upon correcting water-logging in eight of these areas and work on the remaining can be carried in the future,” a senior CR official added.