A family waiting for the train arrival at CST foot over bridge on Thursday
A family waiting for the train arrival at CST foot over bridge on Thursday

Mumbai : On the fourth consecutive day when services on the Konkan Railway (KR) were running behind schedule, commuters resorted to the longest Foot Over Bridge (FOB) at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) as they were unsure of the platform on which the train would come. Commuters with their luggage were seen waiting for trains on the newly inaugurated FOB which connects all the long distance platforms.

The FOB, which connects all the 18 platforms where the outstationed trains arrive, was inaugurated on August 17.

The commuters who had come to the station were seen waiting on the FOB for their trains to come. 62-year-old Sadanand Valvalkar was sitting with his wife and son on the FOB as the CST-Madgaon Mondvi express was delayed by 12 hours. Valvalkar, a resident of Parel, had reached the station at 2 pm when the train was rescheduled for a departure at 3:35 pm. However, after reaching the station he realized, like hundreds of others, that the train had been rescheduled to 6 pm. He had no choice than to wait at the FOB.

Valvalkar said, “We are not sure on which platform the train would arrive. It is better to wait on the FOB rather than running around with the luggage at the eleventh hour. With my age, it is too difficult to move around with this entire luggage in hand.”

Several commuters were seen waiting on the platforms which were delayed by hours. The trains which were rescheduled included Mandovi Express and Konkan Kanya which is one of the most widely used trains on the Konkan route. Vasuda Salunke, a resident of Kalyan, had come to board the Mandovi express which was delayed by three hours. Salunke said, “We have no option other than to wait for train. There is no place to sit on the platform with the dirt around.”

The Central Railway (CR) will also be setting up CCTV cameras on the FOB to monitor the movement of passengers. Also, CR authorities will approach the BMC to set up an escalator on the FOB outside Anjuman-e-Islam school.

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