May 18, 2024
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by Rajendra B. Aklekar 
Recent rains exposed Mumbai’s inadequate infrastructure. Leaky roofs caused inconveniences to commuters. Many Mumbaikars have described Ghatkopar Railway Station as “a death trap”.

The Ghatkopar Station is currently being renovated. There are now piles of debris and uneven platforms that have led to the creation of potholes throughout the city. The station lacks a roof that can keep passengers dry in the case of heavy rainfall. Commuters have complained that some parts of the station are lacking shade while others were partially covered by roofing sheets which leaked.

Ashok Aheaya said that the situation is dangerous during the monsoon.

Platform Number Platform No. 5 at Dombivli Railway Station; A platform partially covered by broken roofing sheets at Ghatkopar Railway Station. Pic/Vruddhi Patel

The Ghatkopar Station has iron plates on the platforms and many potholes. This is a major danger to the commuters. There are also stones scattered all over the exit. Rahul Pawar stated that the situation has not improved in six months.

Jainam Shah, a commuter claims that the railways turned Ghatkopar station into a hell. The Ghatkopar Station is a Death Trap! Roofs and other random openings can leak when it rains. “Our lives will become even worse with heavy rain.”

Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation has upgraded the station by adding an elevated platform, and Central Railway is digging the foundations for a brand new roof.

Debris is everywhere

Ghatkopar wasn’t the only upgrade station where debris was left behind. In some stations there is no room for passengers to safely pass through the platforms due to barricades.

In Thane, Mulund and Byculla, the same scene is repeated. Nandita Jain, a commuter said that “quick disposal of debris should be the criterion.”

No shelter is available at Dombivli Station

The railways have changed the coach numbering, so trains now stop at the end of the platform that does not feature a roof. Vruddhi said: “The monsoon has arrived, but the roof is missing at Dombivli Station.”

The height of the platforms is another issue. Most of the platforms still aren’t commuter friendly. Ravikant Sinha said that the authorities should have checked out the platforms prior to making any changes.

Unofficially, a railway official has promised to correct all defects. He said, “We’re on the job. All the work will get done in a timely fashion.”

Shivraj Manaspure, Chief Public Relations Officer of CR, stated that the roofs on Ghatkopar station and Dombivli are compliant with norms and any work being done is only temporary.

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