Three years after the Architecture Cell of the J J College of Architecture submitted a comprehensive report of suggested improvements and measures to be undertaken at suburban railway stations to curb trespassing and improve safety, the Maharashtra Railway Vikas Corporation (MRVC) is yet to implement any of the suggestions made in report.
The special report by J J College included suggestions like fencing, installing ramps, lifts and reasons behind trespassing, as well as existing facilities at suburban railway stations across the city in 2012. Based on this report, a detailed engineering design has been prepared and contracts have also been finalised for implementation of approved recommendations at 12 suburban railway stations, including Dadar (Western Railway) , Kandivali, Borivali, Vasai Road, Nalasopara, Dadar (Central railway) , Kurla, Kanjurmarg, Thane, Thakurli and Kalyan. While commuters wait for facilities and safety measures, work has not even been started by the authorities at these stations.
According to the MRVC officials, the engineered design report has now been reviewed in keeping with the present scenario at the 12 railway stations, based on factors like the number of footfalls, and number of casualties reported every year.
“The special report has raised many issues like requirements of Foot Over Bridges (FOBs), boundary walls to control trespassing, installation of ramps on the stations based on the footfall and traffic. The work is likely to be complete by 2017,” said an MRVC officer.
Citing example of Kalyan station, J J College report mentioned passengers have been putting their lives in danger as the south-end of Kalyan station has no FOB between platform 1 and 1A to connect them with east and west on the southern side.