Why not have Double-Decker Mumbai Locals: HC asks Railways

double decker trainMumbai: Bombay High Court on Wednesday asked the railways to consider having double-deckers for Mumbai’s suburban local trains.

A bench of Justice Naresh Patil and Justice S B Shukre heard a clutch of public interest litigation on women safety. The bench made the oral observation after the Central Railways’s advocate suggested that a panel of judges visit railway stations and see for themselves the problems due to overcrowding.

The judges recalled that some years ago there were plans for converting Mumbai locals into double-deckers. Western Railway’s advocate Suresh Kumar said currently there is a double-decker train to Surat. “Why not locally ? Have you thought if it is possible for local trains?” asked Justice Patil. Kumar said he will take instructions and inform the court at the next hearing.

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