The inauguration of new platform at Kanjurmarg railway station happened today, at the hands of Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu, who inaugurated the same by remote from the Camp office in Dadar. The much-hyped project is worth Rs 15-crore.

Member of Parliament Dr. Kirit Somaya was present at the site to inaugurate passenger amenities -- new platform no. 1A, foot over bridge, escalator ramps, new booking office and a new bio-toilet block.

At Platform 1A, passengers can exist from both the side of the train. An escalator has been constructed between platform nos 1-2, which are old platforms. Though the Vidyavihar bridge project is still under construction, the inauguration of the construction work took place, and the project is expected to be completed before monsoon, according to a CR spokesperson.

Speaking to mid-day on the issue of public toilets at railway stations, Somaiya said, “We have taken the issue of public toilets very seriously. At Kanjurmarg, we have already constructed a bio-toilet. Same will be soon done for others as well.”

Dr. Saloni Chigubai (29), a resident of Dombivali said, “Conditions of toilets in the central line is terrible. Women can’t even think of using it, unless it’s an emergency. I hope, like Kanjurmarg, toilets are revamped at other stations too.”

Tarun Ahuja (24), a resident of Kalyan said, “Reconstruction of a station and construction of platform or anything is not a solution. Maintenance is a must.”

Purshotam Ravasia (74), a Bhandup resident added, “View of Kanjurmarg station has completely changed, I remember it was so difficult to walk through the steps, but now they have constructed a ramp instead of steps so for aged people it’s good news.”

Sachin Mhatre (24), a resident of Kanjurmarg concluded, “I am happy that this station has been revamped before monsoon. It is a great relief.”