Mumbai : Despite Thursday’s tragedy where two persons died after falling out of a running train during the morning peak hours due to overcrowding, the new Central Railway timetable announced only two new services during the peak hours.
The move is likely to bring little relief to the commuters on the Central Railway. At least 331 people have died after falling from running overcrowded trains on the Central Railway system in a time period of just eight months — from January to August this year.
Even as 16 new train services having 15 compartments will start from today between CST and Kalyan, only two of the services, one at 7.33pm and the other at 9.45pm will be plying during the peak hours.
Further, according to the new CR timetable, three new services will be for Kalyan in the morning peak hours, compelling the commuters to question why these services are not being provided during the evening rush hours when they are genuinely needed.
Interestingly, there is only a single service added from Kalyan in the morning time for the heavy load of commuters getting down at various railway stations in Mumbai for work purpose.
Dombivli resident Sudhir Mane lamented, “It’s very good to know that the CR has increased their train services, however, if only two services have been added during the peak hours, it puts a question mark on their idea of combating over-crowding.”