Improvement in Mumbai Suburban Rail system
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
QUESTION NO 128
ANSWERED ON 15.12.2017
Improvement in Mumbai suburban rail system
128 Shri Harivansh
Will the Minister of RAILWAYS be pleased to state :-
(a) whether it is a fact that the Anil Kakodkar Committee had warned in its February, 2012 Report that the situation is grim across Mumbai suburban rail system, if so, the details thereof; and
(b) the steps that have been taken since the submission of this Report to improve the Mumbai suburban rail system?
MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS (SHRI RAJEN GOHAIN)
(a) While observing large number of casualties on the entire railway system due to unlawful trespassing, the High Level Safety Review Committee (Kakodkar Committee) in its report has inter-alia indicated that on the Mumbai Suburban System, trespassing takes place mainly on account of lack of barricading, fencing, absence of adequate number of pedestrian over bridges, reluctance to replace pedestrian level crossings with foot over bridges etc. Lack of passenger facilities such as sufficient number of platforms, narrow platforms, escalators and elevators for physically challenged etc and insufficient train services are the main reasons for such a heavy human toll on the Mumbai Suburban System. The Committee has recommended that a High Level Task Force involving State Government, ZRUCC and NGOs be set up to recommend constructive measures which will alleviate or eliminate this problem in the near future. Accordingly, Zonal Railways have been advised to take necessary action.
(b): It is the endeavour of the Railways to provide/augment/improve amenities at all railway stations. With a view to improving Mumbai suburban stations, passenger amenity works sanctioned since 2012-13 include provision/replacement of 15 nos. foot over bridges, raising of 154 nos. platforms, provision of covers over platforms at 7 nos. stations and extension of platform at 1 station.