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News Entry# 289132
Dec 20 2016 (03:19)  Diva station: 24 fast train services added, but commuters not enthused (
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Diva station recorded the highest footfalls till September this year, at 16,67,534 passengers daily.
A DAY after 24 fast train services were added to the available local train services at Diva station on Central Railway’s main line, commuters said the addition of the fast train services was proving to be of little use. The fast trains during peak hours arrive packed from Karjat, Kalyan and Dombivli stations, they said. In addition, the increased rush at Diva station made it difficult to board the fast local trains.
After commuters staged a rail roko last
year asking for an increase in frequency at Diva, from Sunday, 12 fast local services in the up direction and 12 in the down direction were scheduled to halt at Diva station. However, poor frequency and extreme crowd in the trains makes boarding difficult, passengers said.
“Only three such services have been planned in the morning peak hours that increases the wait time of commuters from Diva. To describe today’s scene, before the arrival of one of the fast trains at Diva station in the morning, the platform was already packed with commuters. When the train came in, it was so crowded that many actually gave up. Hardly three or four commuters could board this train from Diva,” said Aadesh Bhagat, a local commuter.
Diva station recorded the highest footfalls till September this year, at 16,67,534 passengers daily. “I stood on the fast train platform at Diva station for almost an hour. One fast train passed and it was so crowded that it was impossible for me to board it. I finally went to the slow track platform and took a train as usual,” said Sandesh Bhagwat, a regular commuter from Diva station.
Commuters at stations before and after Diva station also sensed the increased crowds in the fast trains, with some of them forced to wait for the next train. “Providing a halt at Diva station has further increased the wait for us. We even felt there was no space to stand in the compartment considering many would have boarded at Diva. The situation has become even more difficult for us,” said Vijay, a commuter at Thane station.
“The government must look at either increasing the fast services halting at Diva station or starting more trains originating from Diva station. The halt has however proved to be a relief for commuters in the evening hours when they are able to reach home faster in comparison to slow train services,” Bhagat added.
However, originating trains from Diva station would be a difficult proposition for railway officials considering the congestion of platforms and services. The only hope is an upcoming terminus at Thakurli station or the impending fifth and sixth lines on CR that could add more services.
“The railways must look at a complete overhaul of the scheduling of trains and frequency of services. Such shifting of halts is not going to be able to solve the problem of an already congested suburban network,” said Ketan Goradia, railway activist.
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