WR puts tem­po­rary roof over com­muters’ heads

As plat­form roofs have been taken down for con­struc­tion of new FOBs, WR in­stalls canopies to shel­ter wait­ing com­muters at Ma­ha­laxmi

Mid Day - - CITY - RA­JEN­DRA B. AKLEKAR ra­jen­dra.aklekar@mid-day.com No. of weeks taken to in­stall per­ma­nent roof No. of weeks taken to in­stall canopy

COM­MUTERS had a pleas­ant sur­prise wait­ing for them at Ma­ha­laxmi sta­tion this week — no longer would they have to stand in lash­ing rain or scorch­ing sun while wait­ing for their train. While the plat­form rooftops have been re­moved in or­der to fa­cil­i­tate the con­struc­tion of new foot over bridges (FOBs), the Western Rail­way has hit upon a quick-fix so­lu­tion — tem­po­rary canopies.

A se­nior divi­sional of­fi­cial ex­plained that with a large num­ber of foot­bridges com­mis­sioned, the roof of the sta­tion has been re­moved to build foun­da­tions, etc. Usu­ally, the roof is put back af­ter the bridge is com­plete, but the en­tire process is time-con­sum­ing and leads to pas­sen­ger com­plaints.

Quick fix

Af­ter re­cur­ring of com­plaints of leak­ing or miss­ing roofs, WR has in­stalled canopies on the sta­tion plat­forms. These canopies can be erected in min­i­mal time — no longer than a week — while tra­di­tional rooftops can take up to three months to in­stall, as the process be­gins with float­ing ten­ders and wait­ing for bids. The quick job with the canopies has been ap­pre­ci­ated by com­muters, too. WR’s chief pub­lic re­la­tions of­fi­cer, Ravin­der Bhakar, said it would pre­vent ma­jor in­con­ve­nience to com­muters while wait­ing for trains.

Com­muters say

Ra­jiv Sing­hal, divi­sional pas­sen­ger com­mit­tee mem­ber, said, “This is a pos­i­tive thing and should be repli­cated at all sta­tions not just across Western Rail­way, but in other zones, too. They should get this done quickly at Ma­rine Lines sta­tion, where it is re­quired at the ex­treme end. There are a few other sta­tions that could use this, too.”

Com­muter Ru­pali Desh­pande said, “The canopy was set up quickly and is good enough to pro­vide shel­ter from heavy rain and the harsh sun. This should be done at Dadar and Church­gate, too.”

The canopy is erected on a frame­work of metal rods

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