30 year old FOB at Indore Railway station pose a great danger – accident waiting to happen

Indore Jn (INDB): The 30-year-old foot over bridge (FOB) between platform number three and four at Indore railway station is an accident waiting to happen. In absence of an escalator, scores of passengers cross over the bridge daily and chaos after the arrival of a train is a common sight here. Stampede-like situation on this bridge calls for police help every now and then.

Main Express trains like Malwa Express, Indore- Nizamuddin Express, Avantika Express, Shanti Express, Indore- Rajendra Nagar of broad gauge generally arrive on platform number three and four and a grid-lock situation arises when passengers jostle on the bridge and the stairs attached to it. Chances of any major accident too cannot be ruled out completely.

An official of the railways told that many a times, they have to intimate the RPF personnel to handle the crowd. According to sources, the FOB is very old and cannot take extra passenger load for long.

Manju Jain, who works at the Income Tax office in Indore and travels daily from Ujjain, said that on Monday evening it was no less than a stampede as people pushed each other near the stairs.

“I come from Avantika express and return by Indore- Nizamuddin Express. I was (on Monday evening) stuck badly among people and could not cross down the stairs to catch train stationed at platform number 3,” she recalls, adding she had to then go to the other platform and cross through another FOB at the opposite end.

Another passenger Sudesh Bansal, who arrived by Indore- Nizamuddin Express on Tuesday morning, said that the situation could turn dangerous for passengers someday.

Kota resident Preeti Sharma, who travels to Indore to her relative’s place, said it is very difficult to cross stairs with luggage and children when you have so many people struggling to reach their destination together.

Public relation officer of Ratlam division, Pradeep Sharma said that monitoring of the FOB is done by CCTV cameras and as and when it is required, police personnel man the passengers.

He said, “The rush would ease down with installation of escalators and work on it is expected to be completed by 2015. There is also a plan to construct new FOB after the gauge conversion project (on platform number 1 and 2) is completed.”