Platforms heights will be raised: MRVC

Mumbai: The Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation (MRVC) has assured the World Bank that platform heights of all the stations would soon be raised.

The MRVC has given its update to World Bank, which is one of the biggest lenders for Mumbai-related railway projects. The WB has been asking the body to pull up its socks for the protection of passengers. As a measure to reassure the lender, MRVC has assured that platforms of all the stations will soon be raised.

The WB has asked the Railways about why those sections of the communities like women, senior citizens and differently abled have been overlooked. “We have told the WB that we will be raising the platform to a height of the footboard of the train. Although we are not directly responsible for this, we will work with both the Central and the Western Railway to improve the situation,” said a railway official.

Both the Central and Western Railway have been trying to complete the work of raising of the platform since the incident of Monica More who had lost both her arms when she fell between on the track in 2014. MRVC has already been rapped on the knuckles by the WB for not doing enough to decrease the number of deaths on railway tracks. The MRVC has recently approached the WB for Mumbai Urban Transport Project (III) and will be repaying the loan until 2050


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