Railway stations still without rain shelters

VASHI: Even as railway platforms on the trans-harbour rail network were extended to accommodate 12-car trains, work on extending the overhead shed is still on, with rains right around the corner.
The Central Railway had introduced the 12-car trains on the Thane-Panvel and Thane-Vashi routes in December 2010.

A number of platforms on the trans-harbor railway network do not have proper overhead sheds. It is usually the passengers boarding the first and last compartments of the trains that suffer in the absence of the shelters, said a commuter on the condition of anonymity.

CIDCO, which has extended the platforms to help adapt for the 12-car trains has now shifted the responsibility for extending the overhead sheds to the Central Railway.

VA Malegaokar, Chief Public Relations Officer for the Central Railways said, “The work on extending of platform shelter is difficult. The work needs to be carefully managed at the Turbhe, Ghansoli and Koparkhairane stations. The work will be undertaken at all stations in a phased manner, primarily during night hours.”