WR to upgrade local trains with new support poles for better grip

The polycarbonate seats in the second class compartment will also be replaced with steel ones

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Travelling is a crowded Mumbai local train is never an easy affair. During the monsoons, the risk of falling off from a moving train through the open footboard is even higher. It is one of the major causes of injuries and deaths of rail commuters.

According to statistics, around eight people die in the railway premises every day on Central Railway (CR) and Western Railway (WR).

As a step towards ensuring the security of the passengers, WR has decided to cover the centre rod or pole with chequered holes for better grip. These rods will be put on all rakes. Presently, these new rods can be seen in the newer lot of the Bombardier trains.

The seats in the second class compartments will also get an update. The polycarbonate seats will be replaced by steel at the cost of ₹42 crore. The last upgrade included adding metal frames but now the seta will be replaced too, as polycarbonate seats get damaged easily. Each new steel seat costs ₹4,000 while the polycarbonate ones cost around ₹6,000 each. The first class compartment seats are also been looked into. The rexine seats will also be examined and ensured that it does not tear easily.

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