Chitra Wagh, a member of the state Women’s Commission has decided to put the issue of sanitation and women security on suburban railway to the General Manager of the Railways.
Wagh who travelled on the Western Railway line on Sunday, spoke to many women commuters about the issues that they felt were lacking.
According to Wagh, many women were concerned about the lack of toilets for women and the cleanliness issue in maximum toilets on railway platforms.
“Several women told me that that the ladies compartment in many stations is situated opposite the men’s urinal which stink. We visited the Vasai platform and noticed that standing there was impossible due to the stench of the urinal,” said Wagh.
The women also told us that the Railways was not taking the women security issue seriously. The women told Wagh that the lack of security guards and the absence of police officers on platforms have been an issue which they wanted to be addressed.
Apart from the trains, Wagh also made rounds of the tickets windows to check whether the coupon validating machines were in working condition and whether the CCTV cameras installed were showing the ladies compartment areas as well.
“The rounds we made were also to check whether the women commuters were aware of the ‘Nirbhaya’ drive for the security of women. We found that not many women knew about the facilities that they are getting. It was shocking to find out that many women did not know about the helpline numbers,” said Wagh.
Wagh further said that she would have a meeting with the railway authorities and get all these issues addressed.