mid-day took a ride in one of the modified coaches on a CR local. The reactions from commuters were mixed — a few complained that the modified coaches did not have enough seats, while others felt that it was a good idea
The new modified coaches of the Central Railway (CR) rolled out on Friday and received mixed reactions from commuters. We travelled in the train that was to leave Kalyan at 12.21 pm, however, it being CR, it left at 12.34 pm. There were five modified coaches in the train.
The Central Railway has introduced modified seating arrangements inside the coaches of local trains to increase standing capacity.
While some were amused after seeing the new seats, many complained that the coach didn’t have enough seats.
One of the most important drawbacks that arose in the new coaches was that people didn’t go right inside and crowded the entrance leading to the passage.
One of the most important drawbacks that arose inside the new coaches was that people didn’t go inside the coach and crowded the entrance leading to the passage. Pics/Suresh KK and Sameer markande
Many commuters were apprehensive of going inside, fearing that they won’t be able to alight on time. The inner parts of the coaches were empty.
This was the situation on a government holiday and the real test of the new arrangements will be seen on Monday when the holidays end.
Krishna Shukla, a Vithalwadi resident
During non-peak hours the crowd is less, and we want to sit. However, we cannot all sit as seating capacity is reduced. This is fine for short distances
Vikas Dhaware, a Badlapur resident
This is not fair. The train started from Badlapur at 12.01 pm, but all seats were full and I haven’t got a seat. I have to get down at Thane and the crowd is increasing at every stop
Raghunath Mandal, a Dombivli resident
We are happy we have got a comfortable space to stand. This is more than what we expected
Sunita Kandare, a Kalyan resident
Last when I sat in a train, the seats were regular, now the seats are different and even cushioned. This feels good