Commuters irked by garbage-filled coaches, tracks
VASHI: Harbour line commuters complained that they had to travel in garbage-filled compartments as railway authorities in the city do not maintain railway tracks and train compartments.
Shweta Karnik, a commuter said, “There is a strong foul odour that emanates from the garbage piled up in compartments. The garbage has become a breeding ground for cockroaches and poses health risks to commuters.”
The garbage in compartments and on tracks, irrelevance of timetables, mega blocks carried out every Sunday, unclean stations, hawkers and beggars have added to the woes of commuters.
Kailash Shinde, a daily commuter, said, “A number of hawkers board the train in the afternoon, when compartments are
Garbage in compartments has become a breeding ground for cockroaches, poses health risks.
SHWETA KARNIK, commuter
not crowded, to sell peanuts, bhel and fruits. Passengers generally throw the waste under the seats after eating. Sometimes, the vendors leave the garbage in the corner of the coaches.”
Several commuters said the railway cleaning staff did not remove waste from compartments of Panvel-CST trains.
Rupali Sawant, who boards the train at Panvel, said, “Several fisherwomen board the lady compartments to sell fish. The water leaking from their baskets raises a stink in the compartment.”
When contacted, railway authorities said they would look into the issue.
The odour from garbage on tracks and in compartments makes travel uncomfortable for commuters.