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Mumbai Local News: WR Allocates INR 2206 Cr To Enhance Passenger Facilities

To assist visually impaired passengers, 39 stations will feature Braille signage and tactile walkways for safe navigation.

Mumbai Local News: WR Allocates INR 2206 Cr To Enhance Passenger Facilities
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Western Railway (WR) has unveiled a complete plan worth INR 2206 crore for its Mumbai Division. The plan includes passenger-focused projects that will improve facilities and the travel experience.

Over INR 11 crore will be dedicated to increasing amenities for Divyangjan passengers. Major stations will see the installation of railings and ramps to help wheelchair users. Specially designed restrooms, drinking water booths, and designated parking spots near station entrances will also be provided for Divyangjan.

To assist visually impaired passengers, 39 stations will feature Braille signage and tactile walkways for safe navigation. All non-suburban stations will have 86 accessible wheelchairs, with each platform at suburban stations accommodating one wheelchair.

Currently, 69 lifts are available at 24 stations, with 13 more under construction. These additional lifts are expected to be completed post-monsoon. Ram Mandir station will see the addition of one escalator. 12 more escalators have been approved for installation in stations.

Platform extensions, surface upgrades, and new platform cover sheds are among the planned improvements. Non-suburban stations under the Amrit Bharat scheme will see waiting rooms modernised with better seating and air conditioning.

Out of nearly 100 new water vending machines being installed, 34 are already operational. Mumbai Central Station now has digital display screens for live information on trains and passenger services.

Installation of coach guidance systems and train indicator boards is ongoing at stations including Borivali, Virar, Saphale, Palghar, Boisar, Dahanu Road, and Vapi.

Improved communication systems are also in place, with new counter communication systems at 91 PRS counters and 345 UTS booking counters. Talk Back Systems have been installed at 10 stations in the Udhna-Jalgaon section, 18 Main Line stations, and 36 suburban stations in Western Line.

For security, more CCTV cameras are being installed across various stations. Additionally, the Mumbai Division is renovating and modernising several Amrit Bharat stations. There are 56 projects in progress, with a total investment of approximately INR 513 crore. 

These projects cover eight suburban stations, including Marine Lines, Jogeshwari Coaching Terminal, Charni Road, Lower Parel, Grant Road, Prabhadevi, Malad, and Palghar. Eleven non-suburban stations, such as Sanjan, Umbergaon Road, Vapi, Bilimora, and others, are also included. Plans for 17 stations include 12-metre-wide foot overbridges with escalators, lifts, and retail kiosks.

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