With the heritage foot-overbridge (FOB) connecting Parel and Elphinstone Road railway stations weakening, the Central Railway has now decided to direct the footfall to the other FOB that connects Dadar to Parel by extending it to the eastern end of Parel. This decision was taken after commuters’ complaints fearing a stampede situation at busy commute hours, kept increasing on a daily basis.
“We can repair the heritage bridge presently existing on the CST-end. On a daily basis, we receive complaints from commuters travelling to and from Parel railway station about the congestion, chaos and suffocation while climbing or getting down the FOB. This problem is felt during peak hours,” said Amitabh Ojha, the Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) of the Central Railway. Ojha, who visited the heritage FOB, felt the complaints were being registered for a valid reason. “It is overloaded and we cannot extend or widen the size of the FOB and its stairway. Under the guidelines, there should be atleast 4.74 metres’ distance from the walls of the station. It is defined for the safety of the passengers. Almost daily, we receive complaints and fear about the possibility of a stampede,” added Ojha.