Borivali most busy on Western line

Even though 2.87 lakh passengers travel from the station daily, it lacks amenities


Contrary to popular perception that stations such as Mumbai Central or Churchgate would be the busiest on the Western line, information obtained under the Right to Information (RTI) Act reveals that Borivali station is the most crowded with around 2.87 lakh passengers travelling from there daily.

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In a clear indication that city’s population is migrating more towards north and even the job centres have shifted, the data explain that the number of passengers at Dadar station are even less than those at Goregaon or Malad or at Kandivli.

RTI activist Anil Galgali had sought information about the number of daily passengers from each of the 36 stations on the western line. With 84 rakes and 1,305 trips, the Western Railway carries around 35.08 lakh passengers every day. One train carries approximately 2,689 passengers.

Mr. Galgali said compared to the number of passengers travelling every day on the western line, the number of trains was very less. “There is a need to increase it immediately to solve this problem. It will also reduce the chances of accidents,” he said.

The Pravas Adhikar Andolan Samiti (PAAS), a mass movement working to increase amenities for train travellers, said the numbers proved that it was high time to fulfil a number of pending projects and increase amenities.

“Apart from increasing the number of trains, several measures such as stopping Bandra trains and taking them till Borivali must be taken. The number of Virar-bound trains should be increased,” said Shailendra Kamble, convener of PAAS.

The number of passengers descending on Borivali is much higher compared to other stations as a large number of commuters from adjoining stations come here to catch a train as it is impossible to board a local train from stations such as Dahisar, Kandivali or Malad. Renovation work currently under way at the station is only adding to the woes of passengers.

Mr. Kamble said considering the growing number of passengers, pending projects such as elevated railway should be speeded up.

“Elevated railway must start from Andheri to Virar, instead of Churchgate. It is because the real hardship starts after Andheri and people travelling further need more comfort,” he said.


This article was originally published in The Hindu
 

Jogeshwari – Goregaon Link Bridge now open for use

Mumbaikers  can now use the Jogeshwari – Goregaon Link Bridge which was inaugurated by Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray yesterday.

This bridge is expected to reduce vehicular congestion and reduce bottlenecks for the travellers who commute between the east and west regions. Peak hours have always been a cause of concern for any average user who ends up spending 90 minutes to get to the other side of the road on account of slothful traffic.

Good news for all right?

“एखादा दिवस त्यांच्यासाठी”

आमच्यासाठी तो वेगळा दिवस असावा, पण त्यांच्यासाठी तो रोज सारखाच रोज होता. १५ ऑगस्टला zophop ने स्वतंत्रदिन मुंबईच्या लोकलबस मधील कनडक्टर्स बरोबर घालवला. ठरल्याप्रमाणे टीम वेळेवर वाशी बसडेपो जवळ हजर होती. सगळे कनडक्टर्स आपापल्या कामात व्यस्त होते. एखादा कनडक्टर येता-जाता आमच्याकडे बघतही होता आणि आम्ही मात्र एका प्रश्नात गुंतलेलो होतो..’सुरुवात कुठनं करावी’?

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“उगाच वेळ घालवण्यात अर्थ नाही.” असा विचार करत आमच्यातला एक पुढे झाला आणि एका कनडक्टरच्या शर्टवर झेंडा लावला. टीममधील काहीजन मराठी होते. त्यामुळे कनडक्टर्स ही हळू-हळू बोलती झाली. आम्ही झेंडा लावत असताना एखादा फार मनातनं हसायचा. एखाद्याला फार हेवा वाटायचा. ज्या लोकांमुळे मुंबई चालू राहते, लाखो लोक बसने प्रवास करतात. अश्या लोकांसाठी आम्ही आमच्या आयुष्यातला एक दिवस भेट दिला. ही गोष्ट त्यांना खूप आवडली.

zophop-bus-conductor-navi-mumbai     काही कनडक्टर्सने एखादे-दोन झेंडे आपल्या कुटुंबीयांकरिता मागून घेतले. “आपली फॅमिली वेगळी दिसायला पाहिजे साहेब, दोन झेंडे मला बी द्या, बायका –पोरांना लावतो.” एखाद्याने आपली व्यथा सांगण्याचा प्रयत्न केला. “इतक्याश्या पगारात कुटुंब चालवणं अवघड जातं, साहेब. बायको म्हणती मुलाला इंग्रजी मेडियम मधेच शिकवायचं. ‘पण इतका पैसा आपल्याकडे नाही’ असं सांगायची लाज वाटते आणि सगळ्या ठिकाणी इच्छा मारत, काटकसर हाच पर्याय राहतो.” वाईट वाटत राहिलं पण काही करू शकत नव्हतो. प्रत्येकाच्या शर्टला झेंडा लावताना वेग-वेगळ्या गोष्टी कळत राहिल्या. २०० झेंड्यांबरोबर तितक्याच कथा आणि व्यथा समोर येत राहिल्या. पाच रुपयांच्या झेंड्याने डोळे उघडण्यास भाग पाडले. एका झेंड्यामुळे आम्ही त्यांच्या जवळ जाऊ शकलो, त्यांना समजू शकलो.

“वैष्णव जण तो तेने कहिये जे, पीड परायी जाणे रे” या वाक्यांचा अर्थ समजल्याचा भास झाला. ह्या १५ ऑगस्टला आम्ही त्यांच्या वेदना समजू शकलो, हेच भाग्य वाटते. त्याच्यासाठी काहीतरी करायला हवं, ही भावना मनात येणं म्हणजेच; अजूनही या भारतमातेचे संस्कार आपल्या मनात, रक्तात भिनले आहेत याची पावती होती.

आज-कालच्या युगात “आपण समाजाला काहीतरी देणं लागतो” हे वाक्य बोललं, की लोकं हसताना दिसतात. भगत सिंग पेक्षा हानी सिंग जास्त पॉप्युलर वाटतो. भारतचं भविष्य असणारी तरुण पिढी भरकटताना दिसते. पण आपण त्याला काही करू शकत नाही. शेवटी, एसी रूम मध्ये बसलेल्यांना उन्हाच्या चटक्यानं विषयी निबंध लिहायला लावणं म्हणजे मूर्खपणाच ठरतो. जो पर्येंत तरुण पिढी बाहेर निघून, एखाद्याची मदत करण्याचा विचार करत नाही, तो पर्येंत काहीच बदल होऊ शकत नाही. म्हणूनच १५ ऑगस्टला,महागडे कपडे घालून, नटून फक्त मिरवण्या पेक्षा एखादी गोष्ट समाजासाठी करता आली, तर नक्की करा. कदाचित गोष्टी बदलतील.

Delhi police issues traffic advisory for International Yoga Day

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The Delhi police has issued a traffic advisory detailing diversion of vehicular movement on Rajpath and other roads leading to it, in view of the International Yoga Day demonstration on June 21.

No vehicular traffic will be allowed on Rajpath from Vijay Chowk to Rajpath/Rafi marg crossing till the end of the Yoga programme, said Vijay Singh, DCP of New Delhi district police.

Entry of vehicles may not be allowed on Rajpath from Rajpath/Rafi Marg crossing upto Rajpath/C Hexagon crossing.

Only cross traffic may be allowed on Janpath and ManSingh Road crossing, from 0500 hrs from June 14, he said.

No cross traffic will be allowed on Rajpath/Rafi Marg crossing from 1300 hours from June 19.

Also, no cross traffic will be allowed at Rajpath/Janpath crossing and Rajpath/Man Singh Road crossing, from 2100 hrs on June 20 till conclusion of the Yoga demonstration, the DCP added.

10 Problems Commuters in India Face


We have solved four of major ten major problems daily commuters in India face, the government should take care of the rest.


An effective public transportation system is a must-must for the smooth functioning of any urban city. But is the current system adequate enough to support the growing needs of Indian commuters?

We don’t think so.

Here’s a list of 10 problems commuters in India face:

1. Time? Platform Number??? ….ARGH
Unlike movie show timings and schedules, finding out exact bus, metro and train schedules online can be a major challenge.

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2. Really an auto is that cheap here?
Suppose you are new to a city and want to know exactly how much you will be spending while commuting. Well, you can’t plan your expenses as this information will be made available to you only when you reach the metro/railway station or sit in that bus.

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3. How far is the bus-stop from my house?
Unless you are willing to ask people around, there is no easy way to know which public commute stop- be it a bus stop or a metro station- is near you.

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4.How can I get here Fast??
How do you decide whether you should commute via metro or hire a cab or take a bus while traveling to an unknown destination in your city? You can ask people around for their opinion but can never be sure about it.

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5. Crowded trains and buses
Trains and buses can get so crowded and suffocating, you feel like taking a shower after every trip. Sometimes commuters cannot even look outside the window to see the station/stop name and end up missing their destinations.

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6. Wtf…how much longer do I have to wait for my bus?
If you have commuted through buses, you will know that they always run late and you cannot tell how far the bus is from the stop and how much longer you will have to wait to catch it.

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7. No thanks, I think I will hold it in
Inadequate number of toilets for men and women, non-working flush, wet and unclean floor and poor maintenance are just some of the issues you will face while using toilets in a railway or a metro station.

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8. Poor condition of roads
Potholes, water-clogging during monsoons, never-ending construction sites and other issues that impact the condition of roads affect your commuting experience and increase the time taken to reach your destination.

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9. Lack of public transportation facilities in residential colonies
So your place of origin or destination happens to be in a residential colony. Be prepared to commute via your own vehicle or hire auto-rickshaws and cabs as chances are that buses would not be plying in these colonies.

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10. Traffic Congestion
Due to industrialization and rise in vehicle ownership, our roads have become extremely congested and commuting can be quite a pain especially during office hours.

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