Mumbai: Following the various incidents of commuters coming under attack last week, commuters associations have decided to hit the streets on August 15 to protest. Though they have been trying their best to convey their problems to the Railways authorities, but with no results, they have decided to use Independence Day as a platform to highlight commuters’ woes.
Around 20 Rail Pravasi Associations from across the central suburbs will come together at Kalyan station to protest the lack of safety measures adopted in trains and platforms as well. After the two incidents of women being attacked by train thieves, women safety, especially during night, has also been included in their agenda for protest. On August 15, these associations will come together and show their displeasure about the functioning of the Railways.
“Railway minister Suresh Prabhu has asked the officials at the Railways to pay attention to every issues of the commuters, but none of them are eager to meet us. We have been trying relentlessly to get them to hear our problems, but our pleas have fallen onto deaf ears. Hence, we have to now protest and thousands of commuters will unite on Independence day,” said Lata Argade, secretary of one of the commuter associations.
In the last few weeks as well, many youngsters and women have been targets of miscreants and few have lost their lives as well. Increase in the number of death incidents on rail routes have led to these associations increasing demands.