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Mumbai trains may get makeover

MUMBAI: Mulling major makeover for the much-stressed Mumbai suburban train system, the Central Railway is studying an ambitious Rs 20,000-crore plan to improve services. This includes acquisition of 150 new rakes, introduction of additional routes and provision of adequate parking lines.

Central Railway General Manager Akhil Agrawal told media at the Mumbai Press Club on Thursday that the Central Railway has already taken various steps like increasing frequency of trains and introducing 12-coach rakes, reports IANS.

This has resulted in fall in deaths on tracks due to various reasons over the past eight months to 1,414 from 2,187 during the previous year.

Agrawal said he was studying the report of a committee on improving suburban services in the metropolis and will soon take an appropriate decision.

The committee, formed at the instance of Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu who was shocked after a video clip of an accidental death near Thane went viral, notes that 10 people die daily on CR tracks and the basic reason for this is the huge demand-supply gap.

The committee has warned that the situation with the existing stock can be “explosive” by 2030 as the number of casualties will multiply manifold due to open doors of tghe coaches. It has underlined the need for CR trains to have air-conditioning and door closers.

The interaction was part of Mumbai Press Club Knowledge Series programme, powered by Public Relations Council of India (PRCI).

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