Mumbai

Building platform roofs to become easier

Minister approves change to treat it as safety work, which will speed up sanction

In what would come as a major relief to railway commuters in the city, roofs over platforms will now be treated as a safety work similar to work on platforms and foot overbridges, making it easier to get funds to build them.

Till now, ‘cover over platform’ (COP) was classified under amenities, which takes longer to receive sanctions. The change was approved by Union Minister for Railways Piyush Goyal during a meeting with senior railway officials on Thursday. The Railway Board will meet within a week to finalise the modalities.

Several stations on the Mumbai suburban section have not extended the COP despite the platforms being extended. At several locations, the existing COPs need to be removed to make way for a foot overbridge.

Sources said Mr. Goyal also had prolonged discussions on ways to bring down track fatalities due to trespassing and passengers falling from trains.

“Ideas were discussed for capacity augmentation and for curbing accidents on tracks. It was decided that the awareness campaign on trespassing be intensified further,” chief public relations officer, Central Railway (CR), Sunil Udasi said.

Mr. Udasi said Mr. Goyal advised CR and Western Railway (WR) to fence 183 identified spots with strong, high walls to curb trespassing. The minister also directed that 15-car rakes to be put into service at the earliest on WR, and said the proposal of the two railway zones to increase 15-car rake capability be fast-tracked. Railway officials said he assured them that AC rake manufacturing will be expedited.

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