Once again, it’s time to remind travelers to watch their walk as they get off or board local trains on the Central Railroad. Authorities observed that these dangerous and potentially fatal gaps between train and platform resurfaced at many stations as CR authorities increased track heights to avoid congestion.
According to senior CR officials, at least 7-8 platforms require special attention. âWe are currently inspecting the platforms for their height and their distance from the tracks. We found big gaps in at least 7-8 platforms at different stations, âsaid Shalabh Goel, Director of Divisional Railways (Mumbai), Central Railway.
The Free Press Journal reported on the breach trap on December 8 (“work at height on the platform begins at Sandhurst Road station, to be completed in a month”). Sandhurst Road is only one station, but sources said there are other stations like Bhandup, Chembur, Govandi, Masjid, etc. where the problem of the dangerous gap between the train and the platform -form persists.
“The topography of CR is such that it takes time for the water to drain away from the railway premises and it is also further away from the drainage pipes or the sea. So we raised the rails,” another CR official explained.
Railway engineers said as part of the pre-monsoon works, track levels are raised where necessary to minimize congestion. Another reason the level is disturbed is because of the maintenance work when they need to remove and replace the ballast. It also leads to minor differences in the level of the tracks compared to the height of the platform. During the rains, the ground under the tracks becomes muddy, which makes it lose its solidity.
âThis trap with holes is a real problem because it becomes risky for the people who board the train. It’s good that the railways have recognized the problem and are taking corrective action, âsaid Subhash Gupta, Chairman of Rail Yatri Parishad.
According to the plans, they will reduce the gap between the train cars and the platforms by increasing the height of the latter to 900 mm from the existing 760-840 mm. In addition, there are sections where the stations are curved, which also causes this gap. These spaces are caused by the geometric deviation between a curve and the chord or straight line tangent formed by a railroad car near a platform.
At Sandhurst Road, the material transfer process has started and work is expected to be completed in a month or two. âThere is a need to continue to monitor the gap between platforms, trains and even rail tracks,â said Nandkumar Deshmukh, president of the Federation of Commuter Train Passengers.
After the 2014 case where a resident of Ghatkopar, Monika More, lost her limbs after falling into the space between the train and the platform; the railways have started to tackle this problem. They then increased the height of the platforms to 900 mm, compared to 760-840 mm previously. The railway authorities claim that the height of the majority of the platforms has been increased to 900mm, but due to track raising issues and other issues, the problem of gaps will be recurring and will be solved every time.
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Posted on: Friday, December 10, 2021, 7:00 a.m. IST