If you think ducking into a railway station in Navi Mumbai to save yourself from a downpour might be a good idea, think again.
Roofs of stations in Airoli, Ghansoli, Juinagar, Nerul, Turbhe, Seawoods and CBD Belapur have been leaking, drenching those who don’t think it’s logical to open their umbrellas while inside the station.
All stations in Navi Mumbai are covered though many are peppered with holes in the roofs. The Juinagar station has slits at the pillars due to which rainwater enters resulting in wet and slippery platforms. Due to the wind, rain drenches those waiting for their trains making commuting tough.
Priyanka Kandpal, a commuter at Juinagar station, said, “During heavy rains, we rush to railway stations for shelter but water comes on to the platform, rendering the covers useless. Despite living close to the station, I am totally wet by the time I reach office which is quite irritating.”
Commuters standing at the entrance of the station get wet due to the rainwater falling on the pillars. They get drenched despite standing under a covered roof. At times, trains are late and the heavy flow of the rainwater makes things difficult.
Rohit Chaphalkar, a commuter, said, “It is very difficult if the roofs are leaking. We are not able to stand near the compartments and, when the train arrives, it makes it difficult for us to run and catch the train.”
Commuters say that there is no point in covering the entire station and not working on the parts that are leaking. The water enters the platform making it difficult to stand. Moreover, they are drenched despite being under cover by the time they reach office.
The other side
A K Singh, Central Railway PRO, said, “We are working on the this issue. The repairs will be done as early as possible. We are aware that it becomes difficult for people to stand on the platforms. We will surely work on it.”