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Nov 28 2016 (09:32)  ENCROACHMENTS STUMP RAILWAYS TEAM FROM DELHI (mumbaimirror.indiatimes.com)
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ENCROACHMENTS STUMP RAILWAYS TEAM FROM DELHI
By Iram Siddique & Nazia Sayed, Mumbai Mirror | Nov 28, 2016, 08.44 AM IST
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Encroachments stump railways team from Delhi
The Passenger Amenity Committee inspected stations
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in the city last week
Panel that audits passenger amenities finds curious cases of encroachment, neglect at stations
A cattle shed, a video game parlour, an illegal labour market, and secret sub-lessees. Things one would generally not associate with a railway station have become common features at some of Mumbai’s crowded train terminals, a top rail committee from Delhi found during a surprise inspection last week.
The encroachments are constantly shrinking space and scope for making improvements at our stations, which are routinely rated among the worst in the country. The Passenger Amenity Committee (PAC), which audits stations periodically, also learned that while there are demands for more funds to set up new facilities at stations, there has been little effort to maintain the existing amenities.
The panel will share its findings with the Railway Board and Union rail minister Suresh Prabhu. Its threeday visit to Mumbai last week was its third in the past few months. The panel had informed Central and Western Railways about the visit, but it had not disclosed which stations it planned to inspect.
Its targets included Malad, Khar Road and Chembur stations, and Kurla’s Lokmanya Tilak Terminus (LTT). An audit was also carried out at the Matunga railway workshop. According to an official, the quality of work done at rail workshops in Mumbai has come under scrutiny after the Patna-bound Indore- Rajendranagar Express derailed near Kanpur on November 20, killing 145 people and injuring over 200.
The train’s compartments had undergone periodic maintenance at one of WR’s yards in Mumbai.
LOKMANYA TILAK TERMINUS
The terminal, which was revamped at a cost of over Rs 20 crore, is often described by passengers as one of the city’s most inaccessible stations. But hawkers and residents of nearby slums don’t face any difficulty while entering the station’s massive compound because there is no fence or boundary wall. Some parts of the compound have become illegal hawking zones, the Passenger Amenity Committee found.
Another major issue: some of the toilets at the terminus are kept locked without any reason. When committee questioned the station master and the GRP last week, they had no answer.
“We have asked authorities to keep them open for passengers and maintain them. Railway officials want funds to set up new facilities, but don’t want to maintain existing ones,” said the committee’s chairman, Ashok Tripathi.
WHAT CR SAYS
“The toilets were closed as they are part of the old booking office, which will be razed. Other toilets on the premises have been kept open for passengers. The complaints about hawkers and encroachments have gone down considerably, and further action has been planned,” said CR’s divisional railway manager, Ravindra Goel.
MALAD STATION
A cattle shed at the station stumped the committee, which drew railway officials’ attention to the fact that so many people find it difficult to enter the premises. “A woman who set up the shed claims each morning she sends 1 litre of milk to the station master who allowed her to use the space,” Tripathi said.
WHAT WR SAYS
“There were soft encroachments like the cattle shed, which was removed immediately. The area is densely populated so encroachments come up, but we remove them quickly,” said WR’s divisional railway manager, Mukul Jain.
KHAR ROAD STATION
The station’s exit area is often occupied by labourers who wait for contractors to hire them. The informal labour market is a major obstruction for commuters. The inspection panel has asked railway officials to move the workers to a spot away from the station.
WHAT WR SAYS
“We will shift the workers and make sure commuters don’t face any hurdles. Illegal hawkers are routinely fined and driven away,” said WR’s divisional railway manager, Mukul Jain.
CHEMBUR STATION
While the railway police are trying to improve security on trains and at stations, a dingy gaming parlour has come up next to a booking office at Chembur station. “There are allegations that betting and other illegal activities take place at the shop, which is on the railway premises,” said Irfan Ahmed, a member of the inspection committee. “The railways cannot allow such businesses to operate at a station.” The committee also learned about allegations that shops on railway premises are being illegally subleased to businesses such as including eateries.
WHAT CR SAYS
“The problem of the gaming parlour has been brought to our notice and I have sought the file. I will inspect the site. Complaints of encroachments on the suburban section are promptly addressed, but the illegal structures keep coming up again. We have redoubled our efforts,” said CR’s divisional railway manager, Ravindra Goel.
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