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

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan pranab. [email protected] hin­dus­tan­times. com ■

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.

BACHCHAN KU­MAR

The bar­ri­cades at Nerul rail­way sta­tion have pre­vented pas­sen­gers from cross­ing tracks.

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