Why does the local train service come to a standstill: Bombay High Court questions Railways

Along with the question raised, Bombay High Court also suggested several changes in order to improve Railway services in Mumbai.

Why does the local train service come to a standstill: Bombay High Court questions Railways

In the last four days, it has been constantly pouring in Mumbai, and the city has become more of a submerged island. As the rain has gripped the city, there has been waterlogging on the railway tracks as well, leading to chaos and inconvenience for every citizen. Due to the suffering caused to the commuters and passiveness of the rail authorities, the High Court lashed out at Railways, demanding answers.

A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) was filed by the Indian Center for Human Rights and Law (ICHRL) for providing special facilities to the disabled people. During the hearing of the PIL on Tuesday, the court took a look at the local services during the monsoon. Over the past few years, the Railway service has repeatedly been dysfunctional or disturbed by waterlogging on the railway track during monsoon and in regard to this, the court has criticised Railways for their passive attitude towards the issue. 

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Waterlogging happens at stations like Nalasopara, Vasai, Virar, Matunga and Sion every year as the stations lie in low areas. Despite this, the court asked that even if Railways did not prepare prematurely, why not increase the height of the railway tracks. It has also suggested that Railways should take serious note of privatisation of the system for maintenance purposes and raising the standards of the trains and platforms.

The court emphasised that a passenger expects from the Railways and they are obliged to fulfil the passengers’ demands. Every time, to implement any change, the authorities are forced to go to Delhi to get the permissions and so the High court suggested that Mumbai should have its own board to handle Railways in Mumbai.