The Central Railway (CR) is planning to make changes at platform 2 at Ghatkopar railway station after 16-year-old Monika More fell into a six-ft gap and lost both her hands under a running train on January 11.
Mukesh Nigam, Divisional Railway Manager, CR, said, “Following the unfortunate accident, we are looking at measures that can be taken to prevent accidents.”
More is a resident of Nehru Nagar in Kurla. The commerce student at SNDT, Ghatkopar, was on her way home when the accident occurred.
Platform 2 at Ghatkopar serves 12 -car rakes running on the Up slow line. However, it has been extended by 70 metres towards south to accommodate 15-car Down fast services, which halt at platform 3. A six-ft rectangular gap has been maintained near the stoppage sign of 12-car train at platform 2 to accommodate a signal pole and related equipment.
Around 1.30 pm on Saturday, More ran to board the second class compartment of a local on platform 2. However, she fell into the abrupt gap and her hands came under the wheels of the train she was trying to board.
A senior railway officer said, “The signal could have been shifted to the end of the platform after it was extended. However, that would have inconvenienced commuters, especially women, as all women’s compartments of 12-car locals are positioned near the three foot-over bridges at Ghatkopar station. Shifting the signal by 70 m would have forced commuters to walk or run that distance. In the existing position, the gap near the signal cannot be fenced to warn commuters as no infringement is allowed near the signal pole for 4.36 m. As the signal lies beyond the end of the 12-car part of the platform, no one imagined that a commuter would fall into the gap.”
CR is mulling ways to cover the gap by either suspending the signal pole from the cover over shed or by shifting it towards the middle of the platform. The latter, however, could create visibility issues for the motorman, said a senior officer.
Meanwhile, CR claimed to have sent a railway officer and a Railway Protection Force staff to visit the family for assistance.