Soon, multi-pur­pose stalls on Western line plat­forms

The Free Press Journal - - MUMBAI - KARISHMA RAVINDRAN

Western Rail­ways plans to re­lo­cate the stalls on the plat­forms and con­struct a sin­gle stall which will sell mul­ti­ple items in­clud­ing eat­a­bles, drink­ing water and news­pa­pers. This move is part of crowd con­trol and man­age­ment af­ter the hor­rific stam­pede at El­phin­stone Road sta­tion on Septem­ber 29.

The of­fi­cials said that a multi-pur­pose stall needs to be con­structed on the rail­way plat­form for the com­muters’ easy move­ment.

“Sta­tions, namely Dadar, Vi­rar, And­heri, Bori­vali and Gore­gaon sta­tion have large num­ber of tea stalls and fruit juice stalls on the plat­forms which make them­con­gested. Our plan is to re­lo­cate th­ese stalls and con­struct one stall which sells both food items and drink­ing water,” said an of­fi­cial from western rail­way.

The sta­tis­tics main­tained by WR also re­vealed that rail­way sta­tions on the western line which in­cludes Pal­ghar, Vi­rar, Gore­gaon, Ban­dra, And­heri and Mum­bai Cen­tral have a to­tal of more than ten stalls on their rail­way plat­forms.

“Im­prove­ments like widen­ing of the Foot-Over-Bridge at sta­tions like Dadar, Nal­la­sopara, Charni Road and Vi­rar sta­tions needs to be done on a pri­or­ity ba­sis. The multi-pur­pose stall would help the com­muters as there will not be any ob­struc­tions on their way as they walk on the rail­way plat­form,” said the of­fi­cial.

Each depart­ment of western rail­way has been as­signed the work of as­cer­tain­ing the proper foot­fall at each sta­tions. “The multi-pur­pose stalls would be con­structed depend­ing on the num­ber of stalls at each sta­tions and the foot­fall on that par­tic­u­lar sta­tion. The num­ber of stalls to be con­structed is yet to be de­cided,” said the of­fi­cial.

The au­dit re­port would be sub­mit­ted by the teams formed by western rail­way on Mon­day. “We are con­duct­ing an au­dit of at least 36 sta­tions on the sub­ur­ban sec­tion of Mum­bai di­vi­sion,” said Ravin­der Bhakar, Chief PRO of western rail­way.

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