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Citizen's committee finds various loopholes while inspecting Ghatkopar metro line

Mumbai: With the deadline of opening of the Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar (WAG) metro line getting closer, a member of Citizen’s Transport Committee argues that there is still a lot more work left to be completed.

Jitendra Gupta, the member of the citizen's committee, along with few other members and social activists visited the corridor of Ghatkopar metro on Sunday and made suggestions, pointing out ways in which better facilities can be provided to the citizens who will be using the metro.

The members stressed upon various loopholes that were found while inspecting the metro line in Ghatkopar (West).

The first fault which Gupta and his team members highlighted was the lack of common foot over bridge for connecting the East-West corridor of Ghatkopar. According to the members, due to the absence of a common bridge commuters will be at risk of been fined for using the Central Railway's foot over bridge that is currently connected to the metro.

P N Sridharan, a social activist further pointed that Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) authorities have neglected the issue of developing the area of Ghatkopar station and that there were no basic facilities for physically challenged people.

"The skywalk is not connected to the metro station, further there should be sign boards that should help guide people if they have to use the Central Railways for their further commute. I had also written a letter to Metropolitan Commissioner UPS Madan, but did not get any response from him," Sridharan said.

During the visit, Gupta further pointed the presence of a bus stop just outside the stairs of the Ghatkopar metro station. The bus stop acts as an obstacle to commuters who will be getting down from the station and this will lead to congestion outside the exit, he stressed.

The committee wants the Chief Minister of the state to intervene in this matter, as the letters written to the concerned authorities by the members were not answered. They further alleged that due to lack of co-ordination between the Central Railway and Metro officials, the small obstacles of the projects are pending.

Commenting on the issue Dilip Kawatkar, Joint Project Director, MMDRA said,"We have recently acquired permission from the railway authorities regarding the connectivity of the railway bridge to the metro. We are also planning to connect the skywalk and as far as other facilities are concerned, we will consult with the higher authorities for the same."

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