The spread of illegal encroachments outside suburban railway stations has been a recurring problem for Mumbaikars for years.
Railway authorities too have found it difficult to develop the stations due to this menace. Rail authorities are now stepping up measures to ensure prevention of unauthorised infringements on railways' premises.
Rajen Gohain, Independent Charge, MoS railways has said that from Tuesday, rail authorities will keep an eye on the illegal activities and will also commence video shooting of the areas to keep a record of the illegal hawkers outside the stations. The videos will then be given to the local bodies for their records. Demolition activities can then be carried out by the local administration.
On Monday, Gohain was in Mumbai for a visit and he also inspected the railway stations. In a meeting held by Gohain in CST, attended by Central Railway General Manager D K Sharma and other railway officials, Gohain said that the support and help will be extended periodically for the development works of railways.
Railway commuters association president Shailesh Raut said that while the practice of video shooting has been carried out earlier, action is not initiated on the same. Proper action has to be taken to keep rail premises free of illegal encroachments, he said.