CONCERNED over increasing number of deaths of commuters falling off overcrowded trains on the suburban network, the Central Railway (CR) is planning to allow suburban commuters to board express trains during morning peak hours, between Kalyan and CST stations.
They will, however, have to pay Rs 56 for a single trip from Kalyan to CST.
Officials are mulling over increasing the number of services from those stations where the commuter traffic has witnessed a steep growth.
General Manager of CR, Sunil Kumar Sood, deputed a team of officials to conduct a scientific study and accurately ascertain the growth in traffic load as well as identify stations where commuters falling off trains and dying has gone up.
”There are three trains — Mahalaxmi-Mumbai Kohlapur Express, Devgiri Express and Latur Express — which reach Kalyan between 6.10 am to 6.45 am, in morning peak hours. By the time these trains arrive at Kalyan, most of the sleeper class compartments are almost empty. In such situations, passengers may be allowed to travel in second class at the cost of Rs 56 per trip upto CST,” said a CR official. Apart from this, according to GRP data, deaths by falling off from trains are more between Kalyan to Kurla stations. Between January to November 2015, 69 deaths have been reported at Kalyan alone. At Kurla, Thane and Dombivali, such instances have been recorded as 77, 58 and 35 respectively.
The study by CR officials shows ticket sales increased between Thane to Kurla by 21 per cent, while it went down 15 per cent between Thane to CST. Further, sales between Diva to Dadar and CST are up by 19 per cent. CR runs 1,618 local services and to accommodate the growing population, they have decided to run another 32 trains from different stations at Harbour line, Trans Harbour line and the main line of Central Railway.