Mumbai: The Central Railway (CR) has written to the Railway Board as well as the Railway’s Research Design and Standards Organisatiageon (RDSO) for permission to decrease the distance between the foot overbridge and the train from 14 feet to eight feet, enabling it to widen the bridge, which remains dangerously packed during peak-hours.
CR is already working on a plan to connect the Kalyan-end foot overbridge from the west to Elphinstone Road since commuters tend to use the bridge at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) end. CR officials hope that the current CST-end bridge too will be widened but have to take permission from RDSO who will determine if there is any danger if the distance from the train and the bridge is decreased to eight feet.
Officials have said that a letter asking about the shortening of the space has been sent to the Railway Board and RDSO and are awaiting for the permission to start the work soon, “We cannot widen platforms at Parel because there are lines already running on either sides so we have no option but to widen foot overbridge at CST-end. Once this is done, the bridge will be wider and the danger of a stampede will be decreased,” said CR general manager Sunil Kumar Sood.
Parel has seen sudden increase in passenger density after corporate offices came up alongside the station. Also, people tend to walk from Parel station to Elphinstone Road to switch over the Western Railway, which has increased passenger density.