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The de­mand: That Cen­tral Rail­way should run an 8.30 am women’s spe­cial train from Bad­la­pur to CST

Why: Women com­muters are suf­fer­ing be­cause of in­creas­ing rush hour crowds

What they are do­ing: Women com­muters have or­gan­ised them­selves. Three months ago, they launched a sig­na­ture cam­paign with a list of their de­mands, and col­lected 8,303 sig­na­tures. They re­cently sent th­ese with a let­ter to rail­ways min­is­ter Suresh Prabhu.

The ex­ist­ing women’s spe­cial train from Bad­la­pur to CST runs at 8.02 am. It is a slow lo­cal, but it, too, has got over­crowded.

Dur­ing the peak hours, each train is packed full. Even the cargo that goes aboard the goods wag­ons is well-han­dled. We in Mum­bai have lost the value of com­fort­able travel. We are used to abuse and tor­ture on the lo­cal train here.”

VIJI JAYACHANDRAN, 43, Kalyan res­i­dent


Women com­muters pre­fer the women’s spe­cial train be­cause it gives them breath­ing space. They have now de­manded that a sec­ond women’s spe­cial train be run from Bad­la­pur to CST.

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