November 24, 2016 1:11:24 am
SAFETY CHECK of coaches and maintenance of tracks will remain the major aim of a railway board committee visiting Mumbai on Thursday.
The two-member committee will take a tour of some railway stations on both Central and Western Railway while also checking on the status of passenger amenities at the stations.
This comes in the backdrop of Indore-Patna Express train derailment at Kanpur where inefficient maintenance of tracks and coaches were alleged to be the reasons.
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The visit will be to Khar Road and Malad stations on Western Railway, and Lokmanya Tilak Terminus (LTT) and Ghatkopar in a span of three days on Central Railway.
This also will be the third visit by the members of railway board this year as far as taking an update on the condition of passenger amenities is concerned.
“Checking on the safety measures implementation in railways and scrutinising the maintenance work of the tracks will remain the main aim of this visit. As passenger amenities also remain one of the major aims of giving commuters a safer travel, it will be an important aspect of our visit,” said Ashok Tripathi, Chairman, Passengers Amenities Committee (PAC).
“We will be evaluating the status of passenger amenities at the stations. Talking with the commuters and asking them on their concerns will also remain an aim,” said Mohammed Irfan Ahmed, member PAC, adding, the inspection will be detailed in length and they would check on minute details of the condition of amenities at these stations.
The visit also comes after three rail fractures were witnessed on a single day this week which disrupted train services on Central Railway.
Officials had also assured of equipping each railway station in the suburban section of the city with every minimum passenger amenity by the end of 2016.
“We will assist the CR officials on the visit to the optimum. The main aim remains to check on the smooth availability of facilities for commuters on stations,” said a senior Central Railway official.
“We will be placing our concerned demands, including more foot overbridges (FOB) to join some stations, and requirement of some amenities which are missing at some spots. Our team will be personally present to keep a detailed check on the status of availability of these amenities,” said Subhash Gupta, member of passengers’ group in zonal railway users consultative committee.
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