Accidents at Nerul station reduce by 50% after Cidco builds barricade
SAVING LIVES Commuters entered the station through platforms 5, 6 and crossed tracks to reach other platforms
NERUL: The number of accidents at Nerul railway station has gone down by 50% after the City and Industrial Development Corporation (Cidco) blocked the main entrances on the west side of the station premises around five months ago.
There are six platforms at Nerul station, but platform number 5 and number 6 have been lying unused for years now. Commuters, especially men, would enter platform number 6 through the entrances on the west side and then come to platforms 4, 3, 2 and 1 by crossing the tracks.
Several people have suffered injuries while trying to cross the rail tracks in this manner.
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■ bridges (FoBs) at Nerul station. Residents on the west side now use those bridges to reach platform numbers 4, 3, 2 1.
Cidco, which is responsible for maintenance of railway stations in Navi Mumbai, had taken the matter into consideration, and blocked both the entrances on the west side in November last year.
AN Singh, station manager at Nerul, said, “It was a very good step taken by the planning agency. Earlier, 12 to 13 accidents used to take place at our station every month as people tried to cross the tracks.”
“This number has been reduced to around five or six a month. We are happy to say that the number of accidents has come down by around 50% in these last five months,” Singh said.
“Apart from people crossing tracks, some outsiders used to come to platforms 5 and 6 and sleep there in the middle of the night. At times, they would drink and gamble there. But now such antisocial elements cannot enter our premises because the entrances at the western end have been closed,” Singh said.
According to railway sources, as many as 210 people died in railway accidents under the jurisdiction of the Vashi GRP in 2014.
The number of deaths in 2013 was 181. In Panvel GRP jurisdiction, 66 people died in 2014, while there were only 53 deaths in 2013. This apart, 194 people suffered injuries while travelling in trains in the city in 2014.
The barricades at Nerul railway station have prevented passengers from crossing tracks.