Bombay High Court seeks survey to decode overcrowding in local trains. Ask Railways to Try bogies without seats in local trains
A division bench of justices Naresh Patil and SB Shukhre said, “Consider having an all-standee bogie in suburban trains to better manage crowds. At least, do it as a pilot project to check the results.”
The bench was hearing a public interest litigation after the court had taken suo moto cognisance of a letter written by a senior citizen, AB Thakkar, in 2009. Thakkar had said entering a jam-packed train during peak hours was a nightmarish experience for the elderly.
The bench also suggested to the railways to consider having double-decker suburban trains. Moreover, the state government has been told to consider appointing a private agency to carry out a survey to analyse the movement of passengers during peak and non-peak hours to come up with ways to better management.
The railways informed the court that around 38,000 senior citizens travel daily on suburban trains. The railways has, after court orders, reserved 14 seats in a compartment for the elderly. Justice Patil suggested to the railways to consider having space for senior citizens in ladies special trains.
The bench, however, going back to its original issue of overcrowding, said, “During peak hours, can a senior citizen enter the compartment? If not, then how can s/he even be able to reach to his/her seat?”
The court has given the railways time till November 18 to get back to it on the suggestions made.