Thane: The suburban railway passenger associations raised questions about the administrative willingness on part of the Central Railways (CR) and other state and civic agencies to ensure timely completion of the fifth and sixth corridor between Thane and Diva. Activists have been seeking faster implementation of the project so that more trains can be run on the sector to ease the growing crowd during peak periods.
Members from suburban passenger associations in a meeting complained that the CR authorities are giving different versions to elected representatives and passenger associations for the delay in the project.
While initially, they cited rehabilitation of structures, they are now blaming delay on part of the TMC to approve chopping of nearly 150 trees on the stretch. Recently, the Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation (MRVC) that is the executing agency of the project in coordination with the CR claimed to have achieved a major portion of the work.
“We have found that there is no coordination in the work executed by the MRVC in coordination with the CR. If they were facing a problem they could have alerted the civic officials earlier rather than waiting for the last minute,” said Nandkumar Deshmukh, president of a suburban railway association.
The members also lamented there was incongruity in the answers given by the agencies. “While the MRVC says it will take four years, the railways say that the project would be completed within a year-and-a-half,” he said. Activists were also planning to meet the railway authorities and seek a definite time period for executing the project.