We want more trains from Dom­bivli, say com­muters

DANGEOUS TRAVEL Two fall from over­crowded trains in past three months

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Sa­jana Nam­biar sa­jana.nam­biar@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Two days af­ter a 25-year-old woman died af­ter fall­ing from an over­crowded train be­tween Dom­bivli and Kopar rail­way sta­tions, pas­sen­gers protested out­side Dom­bivli sta­tion.

On Wed­nes­day, rep­re­sen­ta­tives of pas­sen­gers’ as­so­ci­a­tions gath­ered at Dom­bivli with their mouths tied with black rib­bons. Af­ter the silent protest, they de­manded the rail­ways to in­crease more ser­vices from the rail­way sta­tion.

On Mon­day, a com­muter from Dom­bivli, Dhanashree Godve, died af­ter fall­ing off an over­crowded lo­cal. Godve got on to the 8.40am fast lo­cal from Dom­bivi rail­way sta­tion to go to CST. She worked as an ac­coun­tant in a pri­vate firm on Ped­dar Road. She was stand­ing on the foot­board as the train was crowded. Her head hit a pole and she fell on the track. She had sus­tained se­vere in­juries and died.

“The rail­way was sup­posed to start shut­tle ser­vices to Kalyan, Kasara and Thane five years ago. How­ever, noth­ing has been done. We have had sev­eral meet­ings with rail­way of­fi­cials, de­mand­ing them to take mea­sures to ease con­ges­tion at sub­ur­ban rail- Com­muters, pas­sen­gers’ as­so­ci­a­tions and lo­cal politi­cians protest out­side Dom­bivli sta­tion on Wed­nes­day.

way sta­tions. We have de­cided to stop at­tend­ing meet­ings,” said Lata Ar­gade, vice-pres­i­dent of rail­way pravasi ma­hasangh. Godve’s death is the se­cond such in­ci­dent in the last three months.

I n N ove m b e r last ye a r, Bhavesh Nakate, 21, f rom Dom­bivli died af­ter fall­ing off a crowded lo­cal train. The in­ci­dent went vi­ral as a com­muter had recorded it on his cell phone. This high­lighted the dan­ger­ous travel which com­muters have to go through ev­ery day. Af­ter this in­ci­dent, too, com­muters had staged a protest for sev­eral days de­mand­ing an more trains from Dom­bivli rail­way sta­tion.

A re­cent RTI query re­vealed that Dom­bilvi rail­way sta­tion is the most crowded sta­tion on the Cen­tral line with 2.33 lakh pas­sen­gers ev­ery day.

“Most trains com­ing from Kar j at, Khopoli, Kasara, Bad­la­pur and Kalyan to Dom­bivli rail­way sta­tion are packed by the time they reach Dom­bivli. It’s dif­fi­cult board­ing a fast lo­cal. There is a need for fast trains start­ing from Dom­bivli,” said Shailaja Pandey, 31, who trav­els from Dom­bivli to Kurla daily.

The pas­sen­gers’ as­so­ci­a­tions de­manded quick ac­tion by rail­way au­thor­i­ties or face more protests.

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