Com­muters irked by garbage-filled coaches, tracks

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - HT NAVI FOR MUMBAI - Tas­neem Kausar ht­for­nav­i­mum­[email protected]­dus­tan­times.com

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.

REP­RE­SEN­TA­TIONAL PIC­TURE

The odour from garbage on tracks and in com­part­ments makes travel un­com­fort­able for com­muters.

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