Central Railway may flatten station platform slopes to check mishaps

Central Railway (CR) may eliminate slopes at the end of station platforms on its suburban divisions to curb accidents due to trespassing on railway tracks.

Subash Gupta, member, National Rail Users’ Consultative Committee (NRUCC), said, “Even though foot-overbridges (FOBs) have been provided, many commuters prefer crossing tracks to enter the platform through the slopes, instead of using FOB.”

A senior official said, “The suggestion, which was made during the divisional rail user’s consultative committee (DRUCC) meeting, is worth considering. The members have assured us that they will create awareness and also make efforts to pacify those who oppose this move.”

Around 2,500-3,000 trespassing accidents are recorded on the Mumbai suburban network every year. This means that on an average, 12 to 13 accidents occur every day on both, CR and WR. Of these, 7 to 8 accidents per day take place on CR.

The official said, “There is no need for slopes to be provided on suburban stations. Slopes are needed for transfer to goods or parcels via trolley at stations like Lomanya Tilak Terminus which caters to mail/express traffic.”

Though many platforms do not have slopes, commuters have tried to gain access using short cut methods. For instance, at Kurla, stones are placed at the edge of the platform to reduce height in relation to the track level. A person steps on the stone to climb the platform, instead of walking a few steps further to use the FOB.


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