Commuters rue poor state of Nerul station

Plaster on the roof of the foot overbridge is cracking and authorities have installed steel nets to prevent chunks of it from falling on people walking on the FOB

Commuters on the Harbour line say they are fed up of the poorly maintained stations. While they claim unclean premises and filthy toilets are common across stations on the line, Nerul station has a unique problem — that of plaster cracking on the roof of the foot overbridge (FOB) and falling on commuters.

Chunks of plaster have been falling off from the roof of the FOB at Nerul station for nearly two months. These nets were installed last week
Chunks of plaster have been falling off from the roof of the FOB at Nerul station for nearly two months. These nets were installed last week

Pieces of plaster have been falling from the roof of the FOB for nearly two months and the City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO), which is responsible for maintenance of the station, has put up steel nets last week to prevent the chunks from falling on commuters walking below.

Saiesh Chodankar, a commuter, said, “It is unsafe to walk on the FOB in such conditions. Chunks of the plaster can peel off and injure commuters. Railway officials should repair the roof at the earliest to avoid any untoward incidents.”

Commuters also complained of the shoddy condition of stations across the Harbour line. “The condition of stations on the Harbour line is pathetic. The toilets are filthy, station premises are unclean and water taps are constantly running,” said Arun Tiwari, a commuter.

Last month, CIDCO had announced that it would hand over all its stations to Central Railway by March 2015. The Harbour and Trans-Harbour railway stations were jointly constructed by CIDCO and Central Railway. Vashi was commissioned in 1992, while other stations such as Sanpada, Juinagar, Nerul, Seawoods, CBD Belapur, Kharghar, Mansarovar, Khandeshwar and Panvel were completed in 1996.

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Mohan Ninawe, public relation officer of CIDCO, said, “There is some work going on at the station. I will find out the exact reason behind the installation of the nets.”

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